Burgundy 2017 | Matthew Jukes' Value Recommendations
I am delighted to share some recommendations from Matthew Jukes. One of our favourite wine writers, he is always insightful and entertaining. He makes a point of providing timely tasting notes while the Burgundy En Primeur campaign is ongoing so they are relevant and highlights what he describes as "unmissable wines, focussing on my QP (Rapport Qualité-Prix) favourites".
He comments: "In general, the wines are clean, bright, lithe and refreshing. Whites have the edge, but only by a short nose. I love wines that are underpinned with crisp acidity and this is the overriding factor in 2017. While not quite as moreish as the 2014s, these are still lovely wines which will reward Chardonnay lovers and the best examples show accuracy and flair. While the reds are slimmer than one might desire in an ideal world, there is a bounce and momentum to the finest offerings and while most will drink early, there are plenty with enough energy to last well into the medium term."
Matthew's full write up and more of his excellent coverage can be found at matthewjukes.com
The selection below are all currently available but are likely to sell out over the next few days.
2017 Bourgogne Côte d’Or, Cuvée Oligocène, Domaine Patrick Javillier (17/20, £195 per 12 IB) is a beauty and it is forward, balanced and a little richer than most Bourgogne Blancs.
While the full range of Jean-Philippe Fichet wines looked poised and bright, there was one cuvée which hit the QP nail on the head. 2017 Meursault, Domaine Jean-Philippe Fichet (17.5+/20, £340 per 12 IB) might not have a lieu dit on the label but it performed perfectly and this is what I am looking for.
Domaine Bruno Colin makes rich, mouth-coating wines and they are not shy in their pricing policy. Having said this I was very impressed with 2017 Chassagne Montrachet, Domaine Bruno Colin (18+/20, £390 per 12 IB).
As always, the Jean-Marc Boillot wines looked good. 2017 Puligny-Montrachet, Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot (18+, £225 per 6 IB) was sharp and lip-smacking.
You would be hard pushed to start the red wines with better candidates than 2017 Marsannay, Les Longeroies, Domaine Charles Audoin (17/20, £255 per 12 IB) and 2017 Marsannay, Clos du Roy, Domaine Charles Audoin (17+/20, £255 per 12 IB). Les Longeroies is the smoother and silkier of the two while Clos du Roy is densely-packed and more age-worthy. Both brilliant value, these are very good wines so do not miss out.
I liked every single (there were 8) Drouhin-Laroze wine on show. Prices range from £310 to £1380 so forensic analysis is needed to determine those with genuine QP traits! As it turns out, 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin, Domaine Drouhin-Laroze (17.5+/20, £310 per 12 IB) and 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin, En Champ, Domaine Drouhin-Laroze (17.5+/20, £495 per 12 IB) were both excellent, rich and heady.
The Chandon de Briailles wines have improved enormously of late and 2017 Savigny-lès-Beaune, 1er Cru Les Lavières, Domaine Chandon de Briailles (17.5+/20, £360 per 12 IB) looked lovely and lush with velvety fruit and also attractive perfume. 2017 Pernand-Vergelesses, 1er Cru Île des Vergelesses, Domaine Chandon de Briailles (17.5+/20, £450 per 12 IB) was more powerful and the tannins were superbly fit and responsive. I am very impressed with these two wines.
The Comte Armand wines were on fine form with 2017 Auxey-Duresses, 1er Cru, Domaine Comte Armand (17.5+/20, £345 per 12 IB) looking amazing.