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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 Bonneau du Martray - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 75cl £2,800 per case of 6 Bonneau du Martray
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£2,800 per case of 6
IB
NOT FOR EXPORT
RED 2019 2 cases Ch de Monthelie, Eric de Suremain - Monthelie 'Sur La Velle' 1er Cru 75cl £375 per case of 12 Ch de Monthelie, Eric de Suremain
Monthelie 'Sur La Velle' 1er Cru
2019 / 2 cases / 75cl
£375 per case of 12
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
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
RED 2019 1 case Domaine Dujac - Charmes Chambertin grand cru 75cl £1,600 per case of 3 Domaine Dujac
Charmes Chambertin grand cru
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£1,600 per case of 3
IB
RED 2019 1 case Domaine Dujac - Gevrey Chambertin aux Combottes 1er Cru Magnum £2,200 per case of 3 Domaine Dujac
Gevrey Chambertin aux Combottes 1er Cru
2019 / 1 case / Magnum
£2,200 per case of 3
IB
WHITE 2019 1 case Domaine Dujac - Morey St Denis Monts Luisants Blanc 1er cru 75cl £880 per case of 6 Domaine Dujac
Morey St Denis Monts Luisants Blanc 1er cru
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£880 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
RED 2019 3 cases Jeannin-Naltet - Mercurey Les Naugues 1er cru 75cl £285 per case of 12 Jeannin-Naltet
Mercurey Les Naugues 1er cru
2019 / 3 cases / 75cl
£285 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
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 - Bonnes Mares grand cru 75cl £995 per case of 3 Louis Jadot
Bonnes Mares grand cru
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£995 per case of 3
IB
RED 2019 1 case Louis Jadot - Chambertin Clos de Bèze grand cru 75cl £695 per case of 3 Louis Jadot
Chambertin Clos de Bèze grand cru
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£695 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 1 case Louis Jadot - Chambolle Musigny Baudes 1er cru 75cl £375 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Chambolle Musigny Baudes 1er cru
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£375 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 £880 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Charmes Chambertin grand cru
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£880 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 £340 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Chassagne Montrachet Abbaye de Morgeot 1er cru (Domaine)
2019 / 2 cases / 75cl
£340 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
RED 2019 2 cases Louis Jadot - Gevrey Chambertin Cazetiers 1er cru 75cl £460 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Gevrey Chambertin Cazetiers 1er cru
2019 / 2 cases / 75cl
£460 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
RED 2019 2 cases Taupenot Merme - Chambolle Musigny 75cl £295 per case of 6 Taupenot Merme
Chambolle Musigny
2019 / 2 cases / 75cl
£295 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 £680 per case of 6 Taupenot Merme
Corton Le Rognet grand cru
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£680 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 1 case Tortochot - Morey St Denis Aux Charmes 1er cru 75cl £295 per case of 6 Tortochot
Morey St Denis Aux Charmes 1er cru
2019 / 1 case / 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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