Posts with the label "burgundy 2011"

White Burgfest 2011: An update on 2011 White Burgundies

White Burgfest 2011: An update on 2011 White Burgundies

Tuesday 23rd September 2014
by Hew Blair

It will soon be my 40th Burgundy vintage with Justerini & Brooks this autumn, but for now I look back on the Burgfest review for the 2011 white wines tasted earlier this year. 


* 3 days of blind tasting by 8 top worldwide wine buyers and journalists Neal Martin and Dr Neil Beckett.
* 250 wines tasted in 29 flights.
* 1ers and Grand Crus from the Cotes d’Or’s main wine producing villages and for the first time St Aubin and Chablis.
* Discussion was entered into after each flight pre and post disclosure and at the termination of the tasting.
Marquis d'Angerville 2011 and 2003

Marquis d'Angerville 2011 and 2003

Thursday 23rd May 2013
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

A recent tasting at the Goring in London of Marquis d'Angerville's wines was a fascinating affair.  Centre stage were the 2011s, which tasted every bit as good as they did in November 2012.  

A seamless poise and sensuality are the hallmarks of the best red Burgundy 2011s and those of d'Angerville are brimming with both.  However it was not only the vintage that was talking, each wine had its own personality, which is always reassuring in any Burgundy tasting.  Under the stewardship of Guillaume d'Angerville the wines have a level of finesse they did not before, whilst losing none of their character. In fact if anything this character has been enhanced, quite some a achievement.  Perhaps the two biggest beneficiaries over the last 8 years have been the Fremiets and the Champans, both of which have gained in stature and intensity.  Apart from completing the full move to Biodynamics, Guillaume was at pains to point out that there have been no wholesale changes at the Domaine, only several minor "tweaks."
Vintage Report: Burgundy 2011

Vintage Report: Burgundy 2011

Monday 26th November 2012
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

"Summer in Spring and Spring in Summer"  was how almost every grower I spoke to described the 2011 vintage during my two week tasting marathon in Burgundy earlier this month.  

Flowering was early and pointed towards a mid August harvest. A rainy summer started off cold and heated up considerably from mid August onwards, the mercury reaching 38 degrees at one stage.  These mixed conditions did their best to slow down ripening, but nonetheless the majority of growers had started picking by the end of August as many felt the vine had already completed its cycle and had ripened grapes to their maximum.  Waiting any longer was a question of either benefiting from September's cool north wind and increasing grape concentration or allowing grapes to lose freshness and precision, depending on who you talk to.  Patrick Javillier started on the 23rd August, the earliest of his 38 vintages, yet produced grapes of good sugar levels, with 12.5 degrees of potential alcohol, and excellent fruit ripeness. An extraordinary feat.  Thanks to disease pressure, poor flowering in some sectors and heterogenous ripening, the crop is a small one, though on average slightly bigger than 2010.  Over three vintages, 10,11 and 12, vignerons calculate they have lost a whole year's crop. Fortunately, though, it sounds as if the vast majority of growers are sufficiently concerned about not alienating the loyal customers actually drinking their wines to limit any price increases to a minimum.  Lets hope this holds true.   
Burgundy 2011 -  The view from the vines at Domaine Grivot

Burgundy 2011 - The view from the vines at Domaine Grivot

Thursday 9th June 2011
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

The photos below were taken by Hubert Grivot on the 7th June in balmy 25C weather and blue skies. 

If you haven't yet heard, things are galloping along at pace down on the Cote d'Or, with many growers reporting a whole months advance in the usual cycle of their vines. Yet, despite the precocious nature of the vintage thus far, vine and berry development is reported to be healthy and harmonious.

The last couple of days have been cooler, no bad thing, with temperatures hovering around 17C. Growers are hoping this might slow things down a little...