Without meaning to sound too pessimistic, cellars up and down the Cote d’Or have been emptying of wine. Demand for all things Burgundian remains high, and yet the last four vintages have been historically small (with 2012 and 2013 dramatically small in yield).
Our Buying team has just been assessing the recently bottled 2011s. They found "seductively charming" Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays "busting with fruit and terroir-driven freshness". Our Chairman likens the reds to the 2000 vintage, but with “more charm and richness”. High praise indeed; as anyone who has tasted the 2000s recently will testify to their deeply alluring Pinot character.
Allen Meadows sums up the qualities of 2011 very succinctly in his vintage overview. “The 2011s are not as classic as the 2010s but they are seductively delicious without being banal. Moreover, there is more than enough underlying terroir expression to satisfy even the most demanding burg geeks. While there are several very interesting characteristics of the 2011 vintage the one that I find to be the most intriguing is just how good the phenolic maturities are yet the sugar maturities are remarkably low, in fact 2011 is one of the lower alcohol vintages in some time. This makes for seductively suave textures that avoid any sense of heaviness as there is good freshness and sufficient acid verve to maintain the finishing balance. This seductive character is further enhanced by the fact that not only are the supporting tannins ripe but they are exceptionally fine-grained”.
Please find a link to our offer below. As the UK’s biggest importer of Domaine-bottled Burgundy, it reads like a veritable who’s who of Burgundy, featuring the likes of: Rousseau, Clair, de Vogue, Mortet, de Montille, Domaine des Lambrays, Roulot, Drouhin Laroze, Dugat Py, Dujac, Sauzet, Roumier, Barthod, Mugnier, Grivot, d’Angerville, Meo Camuzet, Ponsot, Groffier and Cathiard.