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En Primeur Burgundy

Burgundy can be viewed in two very separate ways. On the one hand it can be highly complex and sometimes inconsistent, with swings of style from vintage to vintage, not to mention the complex labyrinth of vineyards and producers to choose from. On the other it can be seen as fascinating in its complexity, rewarding in its thrilling quality and, if chosen correctly, have a consistency of quality across vintages whilst retaining each year its own style and identity.


2019 in Burgundy is shaping up to be an extraordinary vintage.

It has been a year like no other, for all of the wrong reasons, but if there was a bright spot in the gloom of 2020, it has been tasting the delicious 2019 Burgundies. We have an excellent vintage on our hands, even “great” for many domaines.

Travel restrictions and lockdowns have put up significant barriers to assessing this vintage, but the generosity of growers across Burgundy has ensured these were not insurmountable ones. A huge thanks must go out to producers who adapted and took the trouble to send out samples fit for home tasting, particularly in a vintage as scarce as this one. Equally the likes of DHL, UPS and DPD are due a great deal of praise for not breaking a single bottle! Inevitably some wines could not be tasted, however, so there will be some gaps in the notes below that I hope you will forgive. Zoom proved a blessing, affording me the chance to catch up with our producers face to face. 24 different video recordings of domaines’ thoughts on 2019 are available on our website www.justerinis.com

Burgundy 2018

An extraordinary, record-breaking vintage that was as fascinating and enjoyable to taste as it was confounding.

The first thing to know about 2018 in Burgundy is that while it was the warmest year on record, when measured across the whole year, it was not extreme during the summer in the way that 2003 was. The second key to the vintage was the size of the crop - 2018 goes down as one of the biggest on record; a key mitigating factor to the summer warmth and drought. Finally, the winter of 2017/2018 was very wet and served to ensure that deep-lying water reserves were adequately filled at the start of the growing season.

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