En Primeur | Burghound Recommends

Although the field of serious Burgundy critics is becoming ever more crowded, Allen Meadows (Burghound) still stands out as the original and the best. So, when he releases his review of a new vintage it is worth sitting up and taking notice.

He shared his report on the 2019 vintage in the Côte de Nuits last week, and it would not be an overstatement to describe it as positively rapturous. He comments on 2019 as: “Another great vintage ending in ‘9’ that was hot and very dry yet produced fresh, elegant and concentrated wines”, and reiterates that the wines are: “Ripe, fresh, concentrated and very high-quality.”

Burghound is adamant that wine lovers should engage with this vintage. “I believe that the 2019s belong in any serious Burgundy collector’s cellar; indeed I believe that it would be a significant mistake to pass on them... If you choose well, I believe that you will be extremely impressed.”

His write up is impressively, almost overwhelmingly, comprehensive, but he assists the buyer with a list of wines which he rates as “Outstanding” and “Top value.” We are lucky to have small parcels of five “Outstanding” wines: two model Marsannays and a trio of Gevrey Chambertins.

If you have not yet dipped a toe in the fabulous Burgundy 2019 pool, now is the moment.
Vintage  

Size Qty Price Price (Inc VAT) Stat

 
2019

Marsannay Clos du Roy Charles Audoin

12x75cl 5 £270.00 EP

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2020

    This vineyard, like Les Longeroies, is in the north of the commune, on hard Comblanchien limestone. The style is normally quite powerful, but in 2019 it has produced a beautifully rounded broad, rich wine. Pure, fresh flavours of cranberry and pomegranate flow into a lovely sweetness of fruit on the finish. Delicious.

  • BURG

    Burghound, January 2021,
    Score: 91-93

    A more deeply pitched nose speaks of plum, dark currant and warm earth. As the low yields would suggest, the middle weight flavors are very concentrated with excellent mid-palate density along with ample minerality on the caressing but powerful finish that is so saline that it's borderline salty. Impressive quality though note that at least some patience will be necessary. Outstanding Top value. Drink: 2027+

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, January 2021,
    Score: 90-92

    The 2019 Marsannay Clos du Roy offers up aromas of cherries and wild berries, complemented by hints of wintergreen, warm spices, peonies and raw cocoa. Medium to full-bodied, lively and concentrated, with an enveloping core of fruit, velvety tannins and lively acids, it will offer a broad drinking window.

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, August 2020,
    Score: 88-89

    Deep in colour, with some wood reduction when tasted from a recent barrel. When tried from an older barrel it was still deep purple, but now it is all about the fruit, good acidity, some density at the back. Good length. 3 Star

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2019

Gevrey Chambertin Louis Boillot

6x75cl 1 £207.00 EP

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2020

    Louis has eight parcels scattered around the village and this 2019 is a very complete reflection of Gevrey’s personality. Direct and intense with dark blackcurrant fruits, this is a wine of real depth. Full and rich, with a rewarding bright purity. Everything a Gevrey should be.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, December 2020,
    Score: 89-91

    The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Village comes from vines between 50 and 80 years old. It comes across quite strict on the nose, certainly a lot more restrained than the Chambolle Village, with tight-knit loamy aromas. The medium-bodied palate presents crushed blackberry and cranberry fruit, a fine bead of acidity and impressive substance on the finish considering this is a Village Cru. A finely crafted Gevrey from Boillot that will last longer than I suspect many will allow. Drink 2023 - 2033

  • BURG

    Burghound, January 2021,
    Score: 89-91

    There is a suggestion of herbal tea to the high-toned red berry fruit, newly turned earth and underbrush scented nose. There is a lovely sense of underlying tension to the saline-inflected flavors on the youthfully austere finale. This is really quite good for its level and worth checking out. Outstanding Top value. Drink: 2027+

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, December 2020,
    Score: 16.5

    What a superb vintage for Louis Boillot. These are the most expressive wines I have ever seen from this Domaine and this Gevrey is accurate, buoyant, fresh and fine.

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, November 2020,
    Score: 90-93

    Glowing imperial purple, this is as ever a high-class version of Gevrey. The nose takes some coaxing, not least because the fruit is so well balanced: there are one or two darker notes but it is predominantly an intense red fruit, on the cusp of raspberry and strawberry with very good acidity. 4 Star

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2019

Gevrey Chambertin En Champs Drouhin Laroze

6x75cl 9 £250.00 EP

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2020

    This is a fine vineyard, with its 60 year old vines sitting just below the Premier Cru Champeaux on the northern edge of the village. Full of juicy rich fruit, this is wonderfully flavoursome with dark berries and hints of coffee and smoky spice. A little more energetic than the Dix Climats, with a touch of mineral edge and drive. Great length and plenty of life.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, December 2020,
    Score: 88-90

    The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin En Champs is very closed on the nose, touches of rose petal infusing the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy red berry fruit, cumin and cracked black pepper notes. There is plenty of energy and I admire the cohesion and concentration on the finish. Give this 24 months to open once in bottle. Drink 2023 - 2035

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, November 2020,
    Score: 90-92

    30% Whole Bunch Fermentation; 40% new wood. Deep purple, a soft but charming nose with surprising depth of fruit behind, a few blackberries with dark raspberry and then a fresher finish with more red fruit notes.

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2019

Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Christian Sérafin

12x75cl 7 £595.00 EP

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2020

    This really is a noticeable step up and an impressively delicious cuvée. Not surprising considering this is created from two village parcels boasting 70 year old and 100 year old vines. Dark blackberry in colour, this has lovely rich fruit compote and Morello cherry flavours. It is beautifully rounded and harmonious with wonderfully sweet fruit. Terrific intensity and the tight tannins underneath provide structure. A wine of class and great potential.

  • BURG

    Burghound, January 2021,
    Score: 89-92

    Here the equally brooding and restrained nose is compositionally quite similar to the straight Gevrey villages except that the sauvage character is more pronounced. There is more size, weight and mid-palate density to the intense and serious middle weight plus flavors as the old vines are in evident and especially so on the youthfully austere, rustic and highly complex finale. As it seemingly always does, this built-to-age effort boxes well above its weight. Outstanding Top value. Drink: 2029+

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, November 2020,
    Score: 89-92

    100% new wood. Rich purple, just a little bit meaty. There is a wealth of fruit from the start on the palate, very clean, fills the front of the mouth then continues through to managed wood tannins at the back. Good long clean finish. 3 Star

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Pricing

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  • IB: In Bond. These wines have had no UK Duty or VAT paid on them. Wines can be purchased In Bond for storage in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse, or for export to non-EU countries.

  • DP: Duty Paid. Wines for immediate UK delivery must be purchased Duty Paid. VAT is payable on Duty Paid wines. Wines which have been removed from Bond cannot subsequently be returned to Bond. They must remain Duty Paid but can be purchased as such for storage subject to VAT.

  • EP: En Primeur. These wines are lying in the Domaines’ cellars until shipping. They can only be purchased In Bond. On arrival in the UK these wines can either be stored In Bond in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse or delivered directly to you. When you decide to take delivery, Duty and VAT at the prevailing rate become payable.