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Burgundy 2019 En Primeur

You can view all of our 2019 Burgundy en primeur wines by their original release offers, with full commentary, scores and tasting notes here.  Alternatively, see a list of the wines below, or download a PDF version of the offer here.

During the first lockdown earlier this year, as Europe collectively held its breath, it was very uplifting to follow vignerons in Burgundy posting pictures on social media about their ongoing work in the vineyard.  There is something very reassuring about life amongst the vines continuing as normal.  In the current climate, 2019 Burgundy en primeur may seem to be the definition of a "non-essential", but we hope that there will be pleasure and enjoyment for you in following the release of this latest vintage.  Judging by the initial reaction, that certainly seems to be the case.  An excellent but very small vintage, the wines from 2019 are selling fast and you will need to be quick to secure your first choices.

 

The 2019 Growing Season

In one sentence, 2019 in Burgundy was a hot, dry year leading to a small harvest, producing high quality red and white wines with lots of concentration but surprising freshness: a superb vintage.

The year began with very mild weather and with an uneven flowering in June.  This in turn resulted in widespread 'millerandage', or 'hen and chicks' as it is charmingly known in English, with grapes developing in uneven sizes (some large, some small).  There was some frost in early April particularly in the Mâconnais, but in general this was not a year heavily marked by 'le gel.'

The rest of the year was close to ideal, but there was almost no rain, with the drought producing exceptionally small, concentrated berries. The cumulative effect of issues at flowering, millerandage and low rainfall reduced the overall crop size by between 30-50% compared to 2018; an even smaller harvest than in a frost year like 2016.  

 

The Wines

Small yields will mean limited allocations, particularly for the most sought-after wines.  Our very first tastings of the 2019s were in Burgundy just after the harvest, whilst they were still fermenting in barrel.  Over the autumn we tasted around one hundred cask samples, sent with great generosity by the domaines.  Whilst it is still too early to form an overview, we are confident that the much-discussed combination of concentration and freshness is very real. 

Acidity levels in the white wines are impressive, but the fresh character here comes as much from picking at the right time, to emphasise orchard and stone fruit aromas rather than sliding towards exotic or tropical notes.  This is a remarkably successful vintage, producing concentrated wines which still manage to shout their terroirs from the glass.  The reds have real signs of complexity, with long term potential.  Based on grands crus tasted so far, we cannot remember these ever being so open or impressive at such an early stage of development. 

 

Stock currently lying ex-cellars in France, wines due to land in the UK by late 2021.  Prices are shown in bond (IB) per 6 or 12 bts (unless stated otherwise). Onward delivery within the UK not included.  Stock and orders are subject to confirmation.

WHITE 2019 1 case Antoine Jobard - Meursault Les Tillets Magnum £680 per case of 6 Antoine Jobard
Meursault Les Tillets
2019 / 1 case / Magnum
£680 per case of 6
IB
RED 2019 2 cases Bachey-Legros - Santenay Rouge 'Clos des Hâtes' Vieilles Vignes 75cl £220 per case of 12 Bachey-Legros
Santenay Rouge 'Clos des Hâtes' Vieilles Vignes
2019 / 2 cases / 75cl
£220 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesFrom vines planted in 1935. Cask sample not tasted. Generally Clos des Hâtes is more structured and rustic in character when compared with Les Charmes. RKL
WHITE 2019 1 case Bonneau du Martray - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 75cl £2,400 per case of 6 Bonneau du Martray
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£2,400 per case of 6
IB
NOT FOR EXPORT
RED 2019 18 cases Ch de Monthelie, Eric de Suremain - Monthelie 'Sur La Velle' 1er Cru 75cl £175 per case of 6 Ch de Monthelie, Eric de Suremain
Monthelie 'Sur La Velle' 1er Cru
2019 / 18 cases / 75cl
£175 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesThe three-hectare premier cru 'Sur la Velle' is one of the best terroirs in Monthelie, extending onto the slopes of Volnay, 230-370 metres above sea level. Yields for the 2019 were just 17hl/ha. Matured in oak vats and barrels for 18 months. Intense violet, raspberry and some cherry on the nose, leading to a broad, full palate, with vibrant, energetic raspberry fruit and extremely supple tannins, which bring Volnay to mind. Wonderfully open and approachable now, no sign of this wine 'closing' down, but with lots of potential for development. RKL------"Mid crimson...deep raspberry perfume starts to emerge, but it needs coaxing, attractively full across the mid palate. There is plenty of substance to this wine but it is a little hard to discern today...89-90 points." Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy, Feb 2021
WHITE 2019 1 case Ch de Monthelie, Eric de Suremain - Rully Blanc Agneux 1er cru 75cl £295 per case of 12 Ch de Monthelie, Eric de Suremain
Rully Blanc Agneux 1er cru
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£295 per case of 12
DP
Tasting NotesThe premier cru 'Agneux' is located at the top of the slopes in Rully and is just 0.39ha in size. This climat is owned exclusively by de Suremain. Fresh lemon and citrus notes on the nose, confirmed on the palate, with orchard and stone fruits on the palate. Great richness here, not from oak or batonnage, but more a ripeness to the fruit and a texture on the palate. The aromas and flavours are very pure but also layered and subtle, probably as a result of the use of wild yeasts. Impressive breadth and length on the palate, with the pithy-citrus notes reverberating for quite some time. RKL------"Monopole, from vines replanted in 2008. Bottled at Christmas. Pale colour with a light green tint. Very elegant, crisp, not too appley, more in white fruit, pure and quite long, not too rich despite the 14.1% alcohol. Very pretty finish. 88 points." Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy, Feb 2021
RED 2019 Charles Audoin - Mazis Chambertin grand cru 75cl £720 per case of 6 Charles Audoin
Mazis Chambertin grand cru
2019 / / 75cl
£720 per case of 6
IB
WHITE 2019 20 cases Domaine J.A. Ferret - Pouilly-Fuissé "Clos de Prouges" Tete de Cru 75cl £195 per case of 6 Domaine J.A. Ferret
Pouilly-Fuissé "Clos de Prouges" Tete de Cru
2019 / 20 cases / 75cl
£195 per case of 6
IB
RED 2019 1 case Hudelot Baillet - Chambolle Musigny Les Cras 1er cru 75cl £450 per case of 6 Hudelot Baillet
Chambolle Musigny Les Cras 1er cru
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£450 per case of 6
IB
WHITE 2019 1 case Jean Pascal at Fils - Puligny Montrachet Les Folatières 1er cru 75cl £280 per case of 6 Jean Pascal at Fils
Puligny Montrachet Les Folatières 1er cru
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£280 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesTremendous delicacy and finesse here, and yet at the same time this is undoudtedly more concentrated than any of the wines which precede it. A very clear, textbook progression to 1er cru. White flowers and fruits on the nose and some flinty minerality. This is more approachable than any previous Folatieres we have tried from cask. RKL
RED 2019 9 cases Jeannin-Naltet - Mercurey Clos des Grands Voyens 1er cru 75cl £240 per case of 12 Jeannin-Naltet
Mercurey Clos des Grands Voyens 1er cru
2019 / 9 cases / 75cl
£240 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesA beautiful walled vineyard site (in the centre of the photo below, just in front of the woods). All 5 ha are owned by Jeannin-Naltet, making this a 'monopole'. Planted at a very high density, 10,000 vines per hectare. 25-30% new oak. Dark fruit character on the nose, even some cassis notes, with lovely purity and intensity. Complexity and depth apparent. Lovely richness in the mouth with dark, almost Cote de Nuits fruit flavours. Ripe tannins and balanced acidity. After the immediacy of the entry it (surprisingly) shows a good level of elegance and finesse on the finish. (Linear). RKL
RED 2019 5 cases Jeannin-Naltet - Mercurey Les Naugues 1er cru 75cl £255 per case of 12 Jeannin-Naltet
Mercurey Les Naugues 1er cru
2019 / 5 cases / 75cl
£255 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesVery different nose, with added vegetal and almost farmyard notes. Similar if not more richness and intensity.Much more structured than previous with stronger tannic frame. Denser texture. This will need longer. RKL
RED 2019 1 case Joseph Voillot - Volnay Vieilles Vignes 75cl £220 per case of 6 Joseph Voillot
Volnay Vieilles Vignes
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£220 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesThe village Volnay is from old vines, averaging 50 years of age. These are spread across several parcels totalling under 2 hectares. with an average age of 50 years. Delicate red fruits and floral notes (rose petal) but with more luxurious fruit than we are used to here. This does an amazing tight rope walk between elegance and ripeness, remarkable how it is still so elegant even with all this fruit. RKL
WHITE 2019 10 cases Laroze de Drouhin - Bourgogne Cote d'Or Chardonnay 75cl £165 per case of 12 Laroze de Drouhin
Bourgogne Cote d'Or Chardonnay
2019 / 10 cases / 75cl
£165 per case of 12
IB
RED 2019 2 cases Louis Jadot - Beaune Clos des Couchereaux 1er cru (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot) 75cl £185 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Beaune Clos des Couchereaux 1er cru (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot)
2019 / 2 cases / 75cl
£185 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Beaune Clos des Couchereaux 1er Cru definitely has the most floral of Jadot’s Beaune Premier Crus; rose petal scents infuse the brambly red fruit, mixed with a light marine scent. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and a keen bead of acidity. This is very elegant and shows impressive poise toward the finish. A delicious Beaune in the making. 2023-2036. 91-93 points." Neal Martin Vinous.com, Dec 2020
RED 2019 1 case Louis Jadot - Chambertin Clos de Bèze grand cru 75cl £875 per case of 3 Louis Jadot
Chambertin Clos de Bèze grand cru
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£875 per case of 3
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru has a lovely bouquet that is wonderfully delineated and focused, presenting a quite intense mixture of red and black fruit tinged with sous-bois and light black truffle aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with bold tannins and a fine bead of acidity. Smooth in texture, it exhibits dark chocolate and brown spice notes, some new oak just masking the terroir expression and delineation on the finish at the moment. Give this at least 4–5 years in bottle and that will be addressed. Just one double barrel produced (460 liters). 2025 - 2048. 93-95 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com, Dec 2020
RED 2019 2 cases Louis Jadot - Chambolle Musigny Baudes 1er cru 75cl £410 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Chambolle Musigny Baudes 1er cru
2019 / 2 cases / 75cl
£410 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesDark black fruits, deep and intense on the nose, super supple tannins, lots of tensile energy and really great concentration on the mid-palate. RKL "The 2019 Chambolle-Musigny Les Baudes 1er Cru shakes off a little reduction to reveal more black fruit compared to the Feusselottes, broodier and distinctly marine-influenced. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of licorice on the entry and a long, sweet finish. There is some oak here to be subsumed, but I like the weight and density in the mouth. Give it three or four years in bottle to absorb the wood. 2024 - 2040. 91-93 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com, Dec 2020 "Aromas of raspberries, rose petals, sweet soil tones and warm spices introduce the 2019 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Baudes (Domaine Gagey), a medium to full-bodied, fleshy and elegantly muscular wine with a concentrated core of fruit, ripe tannins and a long, sapid finish. This cuvée is another fixture among the portfolio's highlights. 92-94 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com
RED 2019 1 case Louis Jadot - Charmes Chambertin grand cru 75cl £975 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Charmes Chambertin grand cru
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£975 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, matured in 50% new oak, comes across a little tight and awkward on the nose compared to the other three Grand Crus that I tasted from the appellation; it never quite coheres. The palate is better: quite lactic in the mouth, with a smooth texture and espresso and dark chocolate notes that at this early stage mask the terroir expression. Hopefully that will be assimilated with time, but I will remain prudent for now. Two barrels produced. 2023-2033. 89-91 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com, Dec 2020
WHITE 2019 2 cases Louis Jadot - Chassagne Montrachet Abbaye de Morgeot 1er cru (Domaine) 75cl £360 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Chassagne Montrachet Abbaye de Morgeot 1er cru (Domaine)
2019 / 2 cases / 75cl
£360 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesThis gives a sense of great density on the nose but then also has impressive tension on the palate. The fruit character is of white stone fruits with lots of delicate floral complexity, but the overall effect is of a very ripe and rich style. RKL "The 2019 Chassagne-Montrachet Abbaye de Morgeot 1er Cru has a lovely bouquet of orange blossom, freshly sliced pear and light nectarine aromas, plus a hint of praline in the background. The palate is well balanced with a honeyed opening, quite rich in style, and yet there is wonderful tension. Appealing tropical notes of passion fruit and guava on the finish. This will be irresistible once bottled. 2022 - 2033. 91-93 points." Neal Martin Vinous.com, Dec 2020
RED 2019 5 cases Louis Jadot - Clos de la Roche grand cru 75cl £840 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Clos de la Roche grand cru
2019 / 5 cases / 75cl
£840 per case of 6
IB
WHITE 2019 5 cases Louis Jadot - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot) 75cl £820 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot)
2019 / 5 cases / 75cl
£820 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesIntense herbal and minty on the nose with lots of savoury aromas, the palate is then quite muted by contrast (at this stage). Feels like a coiled spring with tonnes of energy and some density, will need 3 years or more to unfurl itself. RKL "The 2019 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru has a very tempting bouquet of lemon curd, frangipane, almond and light white chocolate scents. It is still a little oaky, but that will integrate with time. The palate is well balanced with a rounded, marmalade-tinged opening, then veers toward a curiously "fishy" second half, almost like a Chenin Blanc in style! Maybe this is just a phase it’s going through. Give it 3–5 years in bottle. 2022 - 2038. 91-93 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com, Dec 2020 "Aromas of confit citrus, crisp orchard fruit and mint mingle with hints of petrol and toasted bread in an incipiently complex bouquet, introducing the 2019 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot), a full-bodied, multidimensional and muscular wine built around serious reserves of structuring dry extract and girdled by lively acids. Long and chalky, this is very promising. 93-95+ points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com
RED 2019 1 case Louis Jadot - Gevrey Chambertin Cazetiers 1er cru 75cl £440 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Gevrey Chambertin Cazetiers 1er cru
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£440 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesThe 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers 1er Cru has an exquisite bouquet of crystalline red berry fruit laced with minerals, wonderfully delineated and focused. The palate is smooth and sensual on the entry, and very cohesive, with a perfect line of acidity. Pure and ravishing, armed with a satin-textured finish, this is going to be very difficult to resist once in bottle. Superb. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
WHITE 2019 Louis Jadot - Montrachet grand cru 75cl £1,600 per case of 3 Louis Jadot
Montrachet grand cru
2019 / / 75cl
£1,600 per case of 3
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Montrachet Grand Cru is tasked with following the stunning Chevalier-Montrachet and, to be frank, it never achieves the same degree of intensity on the nose, coming across rather conservative by comparison. The palate is well balanced with a tang of marmalade enlivening the opening. Very good weight and persistence, as you would demand from a "Monty," yet it does not possess the swagger and hubris of the superior Chevalier. 2025-2045. 93-95 points." Neal Martin Vinous.com, Dec 2020
WHITE 2019 4 cases Matrot - Meursault Blagny 1er Cru 75cl £330 per case of 6 Matrot
Meursault Blagny 1er Cru
2019 / 4 cases / 75cl
£330 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Pale lemon and lime. A more restrained nose, far from the madding crowd of 2019, this Meursault-Blagny has kept its freshness. It offers greater tensile strength than the village Meursault, but not significantly more volume. Lemon apple finish. 90-93 points". Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy
RED 2019 2 cases Taupenot Merme - Chambolle Musigny 75cl £260 per case of 6 Taupenot Merme
Chambolle Musigny
2019 / 2 cases / 75cl
£260 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Chambolle-Musigny Village has a transparent bouquet with touches of Earl Grey tea interwoven into the lifted red berry scents. There is fine mineralité and that is transposed onto the palate that is very well balanced. Classic in style with a persistent, grainy textured finish and a peppery aftertaste, dare I say, but say I do, this is one of the best damn Chambolle-Musigny Village wines that you will come across in 2019. 90-92 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2019 1 case Taupenot Merme - Corton Le Rognet grand cru 75cl £795 per case of 6 Taupenot Merme
Corton Le Rognet grand cru
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£795 per case of 6
IB
RED 2019 1 case Taupenot Merme - Gevrey Chambertin 75cl £225 per case of 6 Taupenot Merme
Gevrey Chambertin
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£225 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Village does not quite have the expressiveness of the Morey Village on the nose and demands more coaxing, a little broody and sultry at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit with touches of sous-bois and white pepper. Lovely balance here and the precision on the finish compensates for the bashful aromatics. It will need 24 months once in bottle and fingers crossed the nose will step up a gear. 88-90 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2019 4 cases Taupenot Merme - Mazoyeres Chambertin grand cru 75cl £1,450 per case of 6 Taupenot Merme
Mazoyeres Chambertin grand cru
2019 / 4 cases / 75cl
£1,450 per case of 6
IB
RED 2019 2 cases Tortochot - Gevrey Chambertin Lavaux St Jacques 1er cru 75cl £340 per case of 6 Tortochot
Gevrey Chambertin Lavaux St Jacques 1er cru
2019 / 2 cases / 75cl
£340 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesTortochot, but not as we know it! Previous vintages of Lavaux from cask have been quite closed but this is immediate and full of vibrant dark fruits and gamey aromas. The underlying minerality is very obvious and will define this wine in a few years, but for now it is all on the fruit. RKL
RED 2019 1 case Tortochot - Mazis Chambertin grand cru 75cl £820 per case of 6 Tortochot
Mazis Chambertin grand cru
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£820 per case of 6
IB
RED 2019 2 cases Tortochot - Morey St Denis Aux Charmes 1er cru 75cl £295 per case of 6 Tortochot
Morey St Denis Aux Charmes 1er cru
2019 / 2 cases / 75cl
£295 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesIntense black and cherry fruits on the nose again, but the palate is distinct from the Gevrey and true to its terroir, with softer tannins and a rounder, fuller palate. Some spice and a palate-coating texture, with earthy notes resonating on the back of the palate. RKL

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