Burgundy 2018 | Matthew Jukes' Recommendations
We were delighted to read a glowing write-up from Matthew Jukes’ of some of our favourite Burgundy 2018s earlier this week.
Matthew 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.... These are wines that not only taste fantastic and also accurate, but they also offer genuine value for money."
Matthew commented: "I have only recommended QP whites which combine the 3 ‘F’s – three words I used over and over again to describe the very best wines, ‘forward’, ‘freshness’ and ‘focus’... The best (red) wines are suave, succulent, refreshing and polished. Interestingly I used 3 ‘P’s to describe my favourites – ‘power’, ‘poise’ and ‘potential’." A few of the wines he selected have already sold out, but there is still a good line-up of these star wines to choose from.
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 weeks.
I like the Pinson wines this year and 2018 Chablis, 1er Cru Mont de Milieu, Domaine Pinson Frères (17.5/20, £210 per 12 IB) is a vital and precision-built number with an extra degree of mid-palate splendour. 2018 Chablis, Grand Cru Les Clos, Domaine Pinson Frères (18/20, £395 per 12 IB) is pure and clean and not at all forced or overripe. It is also superb value for a Grand Cru wine.
The best value Billaud-Simon wine was the 2018 Chablis, 1er Cru Vaulorent, Domaine Billaud-Simon (17.5/20, £145 per 6 IB) which managed the trick of packing in a lot of focus and depth on the palate while retaining a delicious, crisp finish.
The Jean-Paul et Benoît Droin Chablis range was impressive. 2018 Chablis, 1er Cru Vaillons, Domaine Jean-Paul et Benoît Droin (17.5/20, £126 per 6 IB) is smooth and languid with lip-smacking lime juice acidity, while 2018 Chablis, 1er Cru Montmains, Domaine Jean-Paul et Benoît Droin (17.5+/20, £144 per 6 IB) is tighter and more backward and this bodes well for the future.
COTE D’OR WHITES
It was nice to see 2018 Pernand-Vergelesses, 1er Cru En Caradeux, Domaine Rapet (17.5+/20, £350 per 12 IB) looking so elegant and it was doing a mightily good impression of a mini-Corton Charlemagne.
2018 Saint-Aubin, 1er Cru Les Frionnes, Domaine Hubert Lamy (17.5+/20, £370 per 12 IB)... (was) exquisite. I have followed these wines for many years and these are some of the most expressive and complete I have ever tasted.
2018 Meursault, Domaine Jean-Philippe Fichet (17.5/20, £350 per 12 IB) showed J-P’s innate understanding of his village and how to handle every shape and size of vintage. 2018 Meursault, Les Gruyaches, Domaine Jean-Philippe Fichet (18+/20, £480 per 12 IB) was the big brother to the village wine and this lieu dit was twice the depth and length of its diminutive sibling.
2018 Meursault, Les Tillets, Domaine Patrick Javillier (17.5+/20, £384 per 12 IB) is my pick of the Javillier wines and this is because it shows amazing freshness and precision, coming from its unique situation.
As always, the Jean-Marc Boillot wines looked impressive. 2018 Puligny-Montrachet, Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot (18, £225 per 6 IB) was forward-drinking, balanced and enticing.
COTE D’OR REDS
The Drouhin-Laroze wines looked on form... 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin, Dix Climats, Domaine Drouhin-Laroze (17/20, £320 per 12 IB) looked serious value for money and also relatively forward.
Once again, the Geantet-Pansiot wines looked velvety and stuffed with ripe fruit… the 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin, Domaine Geantet-Pansiot (17.5/20, £195 per 6 IB) was about as forward and balanced as this label gets for this elite estate. 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin, En Champs, Domaine Geantet-Pansiot (18/20, £295 per 6 IB) is a wine with a lot of potential. There is a mass of tannin here beneath the delicious ripe fruit.
2018 Savigny-Lavières, 1er Cru, Domaine Tollot-Beaut (17.5+/20, £174 per 6 IB) is a delicious wine and it looks even more pure and sonorous than ever. 2018 Beaune, 1er Cru Clos du Roi, Domaine Tollot-Beaut (18+/20, £270 per 6 IB)… (was) amazing and I know these wines inside out, but this vintage has worked wonders with this estate and its silky-smooth, hugely complex, but controlled flavours.