2020 Burgundy En Primeur

‘The best will be legendary’.
Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy

2020 joins the growing list of vintages marked by warmer and changing growing seasons, with some of the earliest harvest dates ever recorded. ‘Une belle surprise’ was declared by many of the Domaines we work with, as the resulting wines are clearly very special.
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With 2021 being such a small vintage, enormous global demand for Burgundy and the obvious quality of these 2020s, it is hard to make the argument to skip this vintage.

THE GROWING SEASON

  • A mild winter in 2019, and early budburst in mid-April 2020 dictated the changing timeframe for the growing season.
  • There were some early concerns regarding frost, given the early budburst, but these were largely unfounded.
  • Temperatures increased during the spring leading to early flowering.
  • It was a warm and dry summer with very few extreme temperatures, although there was concern over the lack of rainfall.
  • Dry conditions meant there was little threat of disease and mildew.
  • Many vines shut down during drought, preserving balance and pausing sugar development.
  • The cool summer nights helped grapes to retain acidity.
  • Some relief from August rainfall. Pinot suffered more than Chardonnay from hydric stress, which led to lower yields.
  • Chardonnay coped better, with high yields near legal limits.
  • Picking started as early as mid-August, a month earlier than normal.

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THE WINES

The reds are incredibly vibrant with aromatics that don’t take much effort to find. They show concentration and structure, red and black fruit, and that beautiful balance you’ll hear about again and again. It’s early, but it looks to be at least an equal to 2019 in terms of quality.

The whites are sensational. Following the lovely white vintages of 2017 and 2019, this vintage has a lot to live up to, and we believe these could be some of the finest Chardonnays of the last few decades. Alex Bachelet at Bachelet Monnot believes the whites are reminiscent of the 2014s, with more depth, and with lower alcohol levels than their 2018 and 2019 counterparts. The 2020 whites have got it all.

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‘The 2020 vintage is shaping up to be a prodigious success for white Burgundy’.
William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

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Terms & Conditions
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 by the summer three years following the vintage. For 2020 Burgundy, this will be Summer 2023.
All wines being delivered Duty Paid will incur a duty and VAT invoice at prevailing rates, payable before delivery.
Cellar Plan Customers enjoy free delivery to mainland UK addresses.
Deliveries and bonded transfers will be free of charge where the value of wine is over £500 ex VAT.
For orders below £500 ex VAT, delivery is charged at £12.95 ex VAT for one case and £16.25 ex VAT for two to five cases.
Some areas of Scotland will incur additional delivery charges, please contact the fine wine team on [email protected] for a quote.

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