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Marchand & Burch Mixed 2014 Grand Cru Pack

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The Marchand & Burch Mixed 2014 Vintage Grand Cru Pack is comprised of six stunning Burgundian Noirs.

Frequently referred to by those in the know as "a bit of a star", winemaker Pascal Marchand has made a bit of a name for himself in the Pinot Noir Mecca of Burgundy, despite his Montreal origins. When he met fellow Pinot-obsessive Jeff Burch (the man behind Howard Park) a few years ago, it turned out to be a match made in Burgundian heaven. The two quickly became good friends (over a few bottles of Grand Cru no doubt) and subsequently dreamed up their very own wine label - Marchand and Burch.

The Marchand & Burch Mixed 2014 Vintage Grand Cru Pack includes both a Premier and Grand Crus, the Grand Crus plot finding its home at the esteemed end of the Clos de Vougeot vineyard, right on the border of famous Echezeaux, parts of which are owned by Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. Huon Hooke rated this Clos Vougeot vintage 97 Points, illustrating its extreme quality.

2014 produced beautiful and elegant wines, layered, complex and rousingly fragrant, each wine a perfect expression of both terroir and vintage. Intoxicating and haunting, there is nothing on this planet quite like the great wines of Burgundy. If you haven't dipped your toes in the waters of Burgundy just yet, now is the time to dive in - you won't regret it.

Winemaker's Notes

This mixed case includes:
1x 2014 Marchand & Burch Marsannay (90 points - Huon Hooke)
The 2014 Marchand & Burch Marsannay has an attractive limpid crimson colour with delicate red fruit characters, and aromas of rose petals and herbs; the palate is supple, with gentle flavours of darker berries and fruit pastilles, with a lightly toasty and light tannin finish which will soften nicely with time. This is well balanced, savoury and approachable.

1x 2014 Marchand & Burch Morey-Saint-Denis (91 points - Campbell Mattinson; 90 points - Huon Hooke)
The dark, gently brooding colour leads into perfumed and lightly gamey aromas of wild strawberries and darker cherries. The palate opens with matching up front flavours, with sweet fruit and gently firm tannins, this has the typical Morey earthy “sauvage” characters (like walking through a forest after the rain) to complement duck with cherries, and it has excellent ageing potential.

1x 2014 Marchand & Burch Beaune Clos du Roi Premier Cru (93 points - Gary Walsh; 91 points - Huon Hooke)
Gently earthy, classically rich and soft fruit from the ancient King’s vineyard, with touches of minerality and the ethereal scent of the neighbouring commune of Savigny les Beaune. Lovely weight and texture, with the complexity befitting a premier cru vineyard, perfumed and layered with savoury tannins. Uncork the bottle or decant ahead of drinking, it opens up to become more enticing given time.

1x 2014 Marchand & Burch Gevrey-Chambertin (95 points - Huon Hooke; 91 points - Gary Walsh)
Deep limpid colour, with classic savoury aromas of dark cherries, and notes of leather and brambly earth. Typically Gevrey-Chambertin finely rich fruit and layered tannins, with lightly smoky and spicy oak, it is already drinking enjoyably but has the balance to develop medium weight earthy and gamey aromas over 5 years.

1x 2014 Marchand & Burch Vosne-Romanee (93 points - Huon Hooke; 92 points - Gary Walsh)
Intense crimson colour. A voluptuous perfume of silky red and black plum fruit, spice and violets, with underlying gentle power, yet delicate and scented. The palate offers lovely Vosne Romanee sweet texture, with medium bodied exotic fruit married with lightly creamy oak, opening up over time, with nicely integrated tannins. This delivers well above its village appellation, and has a long finish which promises good ageing potential.

1x 2014 Marchand & Burch Clos Vougeot Grand Cru (97 points - Huon Hooke; 95 points - Gary Walsh)
Classic sweet blueberry and velvet characters and texture of Clos de Vougeot, sourced from the best part of the vineyard above the Clos itself. Strikingly deep bright purple red colour, with aromas of spiced dark cherries, hints of earth, and a rich and ripe textured palate balanced by the use of 50% lightly toasted oak; the layered and balanced smoky fruit flavours and fine tannin texture shows plenty of promise for the future. Can be cellared for a decade plus.

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