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We love this time of year, when Burgundy season gets underway – and more than ever with such a mouth-wateringly exciting vintage on our hands.
2021 is the last in a high-class trilogy of Burgundy vintages and is arguably the pick of the bunch. In four words, it is poised, fresh, tactile and effortless. A vintage to buy, both for early drinking and for long-term cellaring.
You can place your orders in the usual way by contacting your sales rep or use the team contact details at the bottom of the page. The offer opens on Tuesday 11th January.
For a full list of our Burgundy En Primeur price list please download here.
Located some 100 miles north of the Côte d’Or, Chablis sits apart from the rest of Burgundy, separated from the Côte d’Or by the Morvan Mountains. Geologically, it shares characteristics with the Loire and Champagne.
Historically, the region benefited from its proximity to Paris and being able to transport wines by river to the capital. The advent of the railways had the opposite effect as more regions, with cheaper wines, became accessible. Chablis’ marginal location and fossil-rich soils lie at the heart of its quintessential flinty mineral style.
As was the case in the vineyards of the Côte de Beaune, Chablis too was particularly badly hit by the harsh frosts that set in over a few nights in April. Due to severe crop losses suffered by our growers,we will not be offering any 2021s for sale En Primeur.
CÔTE DE NUITS
The Côte de Nuits forms the northern half of the Côte d’Or, running from the outskirts of Dijon, through seven famous communes, to the villages of Prémeaux and Corgoloin, south of Nuits-Saint-Georges.
The region is around 20 kilometres long and between 200 and 800 metres wide. It covers 3,600 hectares. Driving south from Dijon, looking to the right, you will see slopes adorned with vineyards, broken up periodically by barren, rocky outcrops and, at its southern end, limestone quarries.
The Côte de Nuits, with few exceptions, is red wine country. It is, quite simply, home to some of the greatest Pinot Noirs in the world.
CÔTE DE BEAUNE
The Côte de Beaune is almost twice the size of the Côte de Nuits, with around 6,000 hectares under vine. Whereas the Côte de Nuits is an elongated strip of east-facing slopes, the gradient rising steeply into the hills above, the Côte de Beaune has several side valleys, making it a broader shape on a map.
Travelling north to south, the Côte de Beaune makes a dramatic entrance just before the city of Beaune itself, with the iconic Hill of Corton. This southern region is the more rugged and picturesque half of the Côte d’Or, feeling like proper countryside. The appellation covers both white and red wines.
Beaujolais and the world of Gamay are thriving, with quality-focused producers and friendlier price tags than in the Côte d’Or. Move over Beaujolais Nouveau!
Our two Beaujolais producers are a Moulin-à-Vent family, the Labruyères, who now also own Domaine Jacques Prieur in Meursault and a Volnay family, the Lafarges, whose holdings now stretch to Fleurie.
The Beaujolais crus have benefitted from the arrival of established Burgundian producers and know-how. Just as the Labruyères stress that they make Moulin-à-Vent rather than Beaujolais, for the Lafarges, Fleurie and Chiroubles are very much centre-stage.