Côte de Nuits focus: 2014 from the great villages
Burgundy is in a purple patch. Frost and hail, of course, have reminded us of Mother Nature’s cruel wrath. But with a string of hugely enjoyable recent vintages in bottle, we should not forget her benevolence. 2015 and 2016 reds were released into a market in which demand had far begun to outstrip supply. We may well come to look back on the crunchy, red fruited, fresh 2014s as the last of the affordable drinking vintages. Nowhere is this truer than in the premiers crus of the great villages of the Côte de Nuits.
Not only do the 2014s offer value, but their poised, medium-bodied profiles make them ideal from drinking in their relative youth, whilst their acidity and fine tannins should enable long elegant ageing. As every day passes, this quiet but ethereal red Burgundy vintage looks more and more like a bargain to be snapped up.
Here are some of our favourite 2014 premiers crus of the Côte de Nuits from four of the region’s great producers: Alain Michelot, Drouhin Laroze, Christian Sérafin, and Domaine Ponsot. Let me know if you would like to pick up a case or two. The 2014 won’t be around for ever.