2020 Burgundy En Primeur

Great whites and concentrated, vibrant reds

2020 was another hot year in Burgundy, with significantly more sunshine than normal, but perhaps not the heat spikes of 2018. As happened in 2019, drought caused some blocking of ripening, meaning grapes concentrated by evaporation with their natural acidity concentrated too.

The whites are in the line of 2014 and 2017, perhaps more concentrated than either, fine and will be long-lived - it's a magnificent vintage and should be bought early with confidence, as recent short harvests have already meant that there is little wine available in the market, and the tiny harvest of 2021 will only exacerbate this.

The style of the reds depend rather more on when they were picked, but whether that was early or late, the wines have astonishing energy and power for such a hot vintage. The tannins are not as opulently ripe as 2018 or even 2019, but these fresher tannins are the defining character of the vintage, providing the counterpoint to the concentrated density.

Some of our producers will be releasing wines over two years, to spread their sales to cover the 2021 shortfall. Others, including Olivier Lamy and Vincent Dureuil-Janthial are now releasing their wines a year or more later, so that we will be offering their 2019s soon. We will also be offering the 2019s of Domaine Chicotot in Nuits, a new supplier from this year.

Find Out More

You can read the reports of our October and November tastings, or find out more on the individual regions via the sidebar menu.

Buying Advice

We are always delighted to offer advice should you need it. Please contact our Private Client team, or your usual contact. The team can be contacted directly via email.

Allocations & Pricing

We will be adding wines to the lists below once the initial allocations have been completed, and when more prices are released by the growers, so please keep checking the website as we update availability. Alternatively, please email us. You can assume we have almost the entire range of all the domaines below, but allocations this year are very tight.

All prices are quoted IN BOND per the case size stated. If you would like wines duty paid on arrival, please include a note in your order form. Duty & VAT for duty paid orders will be due at the prevailing rate at the time of delivery and cannot be paid in advance.

TBA = Wines marked 'To Be Advised' are either awaiting answers from allocations, or have yet to be released to us by the producers. Please do ask and we will advise if and when we are able to offer them.

Wines by Producer

(Click to see all wines by producer in either red or white)