2018 was a very hot vintage – the growing season only beaten by 2003 for overall heat. However the wines are very different from 2003, for even where they are ripe there is much more freshness than one could have dreamed possible.
It’s the busiest moment of the year for our team as we try to help everyone get the right wines into their glasses as well as the perfect presents into people's stockings for Christmas.
We were delighted to kick-off ‘Burgundy Fortnight’ in London with one of the opening tastings for our 2014 Burgundy primeurs on Monday. There is clearly great interest in this latest vintage release and rightly so – there are many delicious wines at every price level.
With eager anticipation we gathered. On the day that marked Back to the Future Day, we were jouneying back before Marty McFly to a time when the height of sophistication was a cheese and wine party. But there were to be no cubes of supermarket cheddar and pineapple on cocktail sticks for us, we were going to do cheese properly.
Allow us to tempt you with a perfect selection to see you over the Easter break. Of course, you'll be chomping away on a joint of Spring lamb with the family on Sunday, something that'll be washed down luxuriantly by the Château Paloumey 2009 Haut-Médoc - classic Bordeaux, superb vintage, great balance, ripe fruit and class.
We have picked twelve wines – 6 white, 6 red – from our 2013 Burgundy offer. Twelve wines that excited us and excited the critics, and say something about the vintage, about us and/or about their producers.
This dinner needs wine – what dinner doesn’t? – and here’s a few suggestions.
A good turkey calls for Pinot Noir…
Jane MacQuitty recommends this sophisticated white Burgundy in glowing terms in her piece on the 1st November. As usual, once white Burgundy nears maturity it does not last long – 15 cases left of this vintage at time of writing, so get your skates on.
‘The cooler side of St. Aubin emerges in the 2010 St. Aubin Les Frionnes. Precise mineral notes frame exquisite fruit in this delicate, impeccable Burgundy. There is an understated intensity in the Frionnes that is gorgeous. The rocky soils in this site trap the daytime heat, yet at the same time force the roots to grow deep into the soils for nourishment.’ 93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com
The adventurous and sportif Paul Jacqueson and his wife Marie make wines of impeccable quality, when not climbing in the Himalayas, close indeed to their much more expensive cousins on the Côte d’Or. We have a particular fondness for their whites, and especially the Pucelle, which is a model of what a great Rully can be year after year.
You will be aware of Susie & Peter. They may sound a bit like CBeebies presenters but they are, in fact, the two rising stars of wine reviewerdom - Peter Richards MW and Susie Barrie MW, two MWs who married each other and take turns to pop up on 'Saturday Kitchen' conjuring up wine matches to the cuisine on offer in James Martin's TV kitchen.
Just published is Tim Atkin's 2012 Burgundy Special Report, available for £12 from his website, an incisive and in-depth tome on all things to do with this most extraordinary of vintages. It's £12 well spent, especially if you are considering making a purchase or two, which Mr Atkin would seem to heartily recommend.