Our 2019 Burgundy offer went live on 4th January. If you would like to discuss any of the wines or place an order, please get in touch with our fine wine team via [email protected] or call 020 8858 6011.
2019 BURGUNDY: A SNAPSHOT
- A dry winter in December 2018 and January 2019 put early stress on the vines.
- April rains and frost were followed by damp conditions during flowering in June, affecting the eventual size of the crop.
- A long dry and hot summer followed, giving ripeness to the grapes that had survived, though these dry conditions created more pressure for the vines, while increasing concentration in the grapes.
- Concentration of acids in the grapes adds freshness and balance to wines with relatively high alcohol levels.
- Quantity is down by an average of 25%.
- Prices held or just above 2018 levels.
- Ripe powerful reds with intense freshness – easy to taste, even at this early stage.
- Joyful whites with full flavour yet finely tuned balance – think 2017 turned up.
Quantities are lower, particularly with many of the 1er and Grand Cru sites and the smart money might use the opportunity of a wonderful year to buy outside of regularly favoured vineyards and even producers. Neal Martin flags Saint-Romain, of which we have a brilliant offering from Domaine Prunier-Bonheur and he notes Beaune as ‘the most underrated commune in the Côte d’Or’ – I agree and would be delighted to show you the exciting and energetic wines from Domaine Tollot-Beaut, which we’re proud to have followed for a few years now.
The reds are excellent and that freshness which we hear a lot about is evident and as a result, the slightly elevated alcohol levels are not out of balance. These are classic Burgundy, which show the terroir beautifully – whether this is your first vintage buying Burgundy en primeur or your twentieth, you’ll be pleased you did. Many will drink well within a couple of years of bottling, but the tannins and acidity should see the best age comfortably for the medium term.
The whites are captivating, perhaps more heterogenous. I can see elements of 2017 in the precision and acidity of the wines, but the ripeness of the fruit is so far removed from 2017 that drawing comparisons is not helpful. Most wines have got the balance just right and from Bourgogne Blanc to the famed slopes of Montrachet and Corton the fruit is glorious.
There’s great value to be had in 2019 whites, well demonstrated by the Côte Chalonnaise, which Neal Martin calls ‘a treasure trove of value… just wrap your palate around say, a Rully or some of those lovely Bouzerons to see what I mean’. Chamilly’s Bouzeron, new to us for 2019, is an Aligoté many of the team here will be adding to their cellars, along with Domaine Borgeot’s Rully Chaponniere. Chablis is fascinating this year and we’re pleased to add Domaine Roy to the 2019 offer – at entry level this is a must for spring and summer 2022 drinking.
There is of course value to be found in reds too, with villages-level Beaune and Aloxe-Corton offering oodles of sophistication, while Nuits-Saint-Georges and Gevrey-Chambertin really shine in 2019. At the top, the Chambertin Grand Crus are simply majestic.
Please take your time and have a look through all our growers. Our team are here to help guide you and would be only too happy to talk through what you are looking for and what might suit your cellar. Happy hunting!
If you’re new to En Primeur, you will find detailed information in our article: ‘What is En Primeur?’
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