2022 Burgundy En Primeur

‘A complete triumph.’
James Davy, Chairman, 5th generation

After 2021’s brief homage to a more ‘classic’ vintage for Burgundy, the warm and dry summer of 2022 marks a return to another ‘vintage of the future’, following the trilogy of solar vintages that were 2018, 2019 and 2020. However, this latest addition to the string of vintages marked by climate change positively attests to the region’s ability to firmly keep a hold on its identity.We were in Burgundy in the last week of October, and at this early stage we believe that 2022 is not just better than the aforementioned, it’s up there with the best vintages ever produced in this famous region.



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  • A well-watered winter during the end of 2021 and early 2022 meant there was no excess, yet just enough to see the vines through what would be a very dry growing season.
  • There was some frost and hail, but most was seen before bud-break. Small damage caused by frost was seen in Chablis, and by hail in the Mâconnais and Côte Chalonnaise.
  • Although this was the driest and warmest for over 100 years, there were none of the extreme temperatures that 2003, 2018, 2019 and 2020 witnessed.
  • June’s rainfall fell largely over Gevrey Chambertin, which saw a month’s rainfall (90mm) in 30 minutes on 12th June, and a further 90mm over the course of the rest of that week, giving the area a quarter of a year’s rainfall in just one week.
  • Although falling predominantly over Gevrey Chambertin, the rain managed to reach all areas, providing just enough water for the vines to get through the hot summer ahead.
  • Temperature peaks of 35’c and 36’c were mitigated by June’s and August’s rainfall.
  • Harvest started at the end of August in the Côte de Beaune and at the start of September in the Côte de Nuits.



Harmonious and generous, the whites show excellent ripeness without moving into the tropical spectrum. While acidity is not racy, the wines are very well balanced and in most villages the terroir shines through. Florals, stone fruit, texture and concentration. I particularly enjoyed some of the village level Chassagne, and at the other end of the Cote d’Or, the mineralité of the Marsannays is very exciting. The vintage has also suited Aligoté on the best sites very well.


Concentrated and ripe while maintaining a classic Burgundian elegance and sweet tannic structure, these wines are going to be very difficult to resist in youth, but have the freshness and complexity to age well. The fruit is generous across all spectrums, from croquant blackberry to ripe and creamy strawberry, and on the top sites there is profound complexity and depth. It’s early doors, but this could go down as one of the greatest ever vintages for red Burgundy.

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All prices quoted are En Primeur (ex Duty & VAT) except where indicated otherwise.
All the wines are currently lying in France and are offered subject to availability.
Some wines will be heavily oversubscribed, and allocations will be necessary, with preference given to those who buy across the board.
Although we request the wines are bottled in the case sizes specified in the offer, very occasionally despite our requests, some wines are received in different case sizes, resulting in the need to split cases and re-pack to order.
Most wines will arrive in our cellars in late 2024 or early 2025.
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