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Burgundy 2018

vintage report 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.

Buyers Gems

Buyers gems are a selection of handpicked choice cuts that represent particularly good opportunities to dip your toe into the Burgundian pool. Whether it’s ready to drink back vintages, surprise discoveries or newer wines that simply represent excellent value for money - these have all been specially chosen by our Burgundy Buyer. Explore the list below for options for laying down and also opportunities for immediate delivery.


16 December 2019 Bruno Clair, Marsannay, Blanc, Cuvée Source des Roches, 2018

“I have never seen anything like it” Bruno declared. “To have such a high level of ripeness in a decent-sized and early crop like that is absolutely unprecedented”. The Source des Roches is a perfect example of this - ripe and juicy, this bursts with yellow fruits, Mirabelle and quince with a stony crunch and rock salt tang that prolongs the finish. A selection of parcels from the higher slopes of Marsannay where the soils are poor and extremely stony. A blend of 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Blanc aged in a mixture of tank and oak foudres.


16 December 2019 Château de Meursault, Meursault, Clos des Grands Charrons, Monopole, 2018

Château de Meursault’s 2018's may have been picked early but both the reds and whites show great fruit ripeness to go with their impressively clear, fresh lines and focus. Expressive vineyard characteristics are vividly interwoven through the ripe, alluring fruit here. A herculean effort. The Clos des Grands Charrons is deep but lively and beautifully balanced. A very well-situated Monopole lieu-dit from the mid-slope, on the same level as Perrières, that shows more intensity and precision than most Meursault villages.


16 December 2019 Follin Arbelet, Aloxe Corton, 2018

Velvety, weighty and dense - indicators of a ripe and warm vintage. The Aloxe Corton from Follin Arbelet displays extraordinarily pristine fruit profiles. You can really taste the purity and cleanliness of the berries in the wine. A very consistent and highly impressive vintage at this estate and one of the top successes of 2018. This is dainty with a sumptuous, soft, slightly chalky mouthfeel and a beautiful floral note of cherry blossom. By some distance, the most elegant and stylish Aloxe around. This comes from a parcel of vines planted on chalk and limestone soils that produce unexpectedly round, alluring Aloxe-Cortons.


16 December 2019 Château de Marsannay, Marsannay, Clos de Jeu, 2018

Château de Marsannay’s winemaker Sylvain Pabion terms 2018 “a remarkable year” for their Pinots which offer “a rare intensity of flavour on the palate. The Clos de Jeu is concentrated and powerful whilst retaining its characteristic voluptuous, rounded nature. Smooth, dark cherry fruit, sloe berry and damson caress the palate with a cashmere touch. Sensual, joyful and generous.


16 December 2019 Genot-Boulanger, Beaune Grèves, 1er Cru, 2018

One of the most exciting 2018 tastings we experienced. We certainly cannot think of any other domaine in the Côte that excelled so equally and consistently in both red and whites. The wines are generous, ripe and have great acidity and there is body, depth and sophistication here and a subtlety to the tannins. Caressing, velvety, cherry and damson fruit with a stone wrapped in silk mineral note. A mid-slope, south-east facing parcel planted on sandy clay and limestone soils spread over one hectare, a part planted in the 60s, the remainder in the 80s. A wine of dimension and class that represents great value.


16 December 2019 Bachelet-Monnot, Maranges, La Fussière, 1er Cru, Rouge, 2018

The brothers Bachelet seem restless in their pursuit of quality, raising the bar every year. The red Maranges this year is open-knit and full of joy yet surprisingly finely poised too. Bright cherry characteristics with some strawberry sweetness too. A fine mix of richness, crunchy fruit and crushed rocks. Seamless and a huge amount of character for the money. Fermented with 20% whole bunches and reared in 25% new oak barrels.

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