2017 Burgundy En Primeur
An early, ripe harvest. Excellent whites and supple, beautifully balanced reds.
The 2017 whites have initially attracted the most attention, as this is clearly the best quality white vintage since 2014. The wines balance a satisfying weight of fleshy fruit with some lively acidity that brings energy, clarity and vibrancy.
Overall, the quality in the Côte d’Or is very good. Frost damage did limit yields in some areas, especially Saint Aubin, so we are particularly pleased to be introducing the new domaine of Joseph Colin alongside the wines of Olivier Lamy.
In Chablis, April frosts once again savaged yields. The pattern was rather different to 2016, with the Grand Crus and Montée de Tonnerre and Montmains badly hit. There is certainly more ‘Chablis character’ than 2015 and generally more brightness, clarity and minéralité to the wines than 2016 - just not much to go around.
The Côte Chalonnaise has produced some stunning whites in 2017. Again the sadness is that there isn’t much to go around as volumes were much reduced by mildew this year. We are delighted to be offering a small volume of wine from the top domaine of Vincent Dureil-Janthial. The Mâconnais fared better and most wines are nicely concentrated with enough balancing acidity, particularly if growers were able to pick before the early September rains. Here the new arrival is Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau
The 2017 reds may not have the signature acidity of 2016 or the massive structure of 2015, but the wines are silky, gourmand, and full of delicious Pinot character. At the very least they have a hugely appealing drinkability, and at their very best they are wines of profound concentration, definition and supple purity.
Nico Rossignol, said of the 2017s "they are like the 2002s - easy and charming and aromatic and site-specific. They will be lovely to drink early, just like the 2002s, but that does not mean thay will not age, as they are also beautifully balanced; if you forget them in the cellar and come back in ten or more years there will be some very nice surprises". He went went on to prove what he meant with a magnificent magnum of 2002 Volnay Caillerets which he brought to the dinner after the tasting.
Boris Champy of Domaine des Lambrays described 2017 as a "new classic vintage"; one that was warm, early, well balanced, with good structure and ripeness but relatively low acidity. At first instance, some other growers feared that the wines were a little on the ‘light’ side but most have gained more depth and textural richness during élévage, and our London tasting on the 7th of January confirmed this to many customers who were very pleasantly surprised by the overall depth and richness shown in the wines.
Find Out More
You can READ MORE about the vintage in our special blog piece and in the individual regional headers accessed via the navigation menu. Our 'Top Picks' from the vintage for red and white are now 'live' as well, along with recommendations from the critics. Whether you are looking for the finest Grand Crus, the best performing Premier Crus, or some great value drinking Burgundy, these lists are the place to start.
Charles Lea & The Lea & Sandeman Team
Last Chance Lists
We still have some availability of the most sought-after wines. To see the best of what's left have a look at our Last Chance Whites and Last Chance Reds lists which you can also download in excel format. Don't dally though, in many cases we are down to our last few packs.
Allocations & Pricing
Volumes in 2017 have, by and large, been more generous than 2016 but it is inevitable that some of the top wines will have to be allocated. That does not necessarily mean we are sold out. We will be adding wines to the lists below once the initial allocations have been completed, so please keep checking the website as we update availability. Alternatively, please email us your wishlist at any time, even if some of the wines you seek are not currently listed. You can assume we have almost the entire range of all the domaines below.
This year there will only be one price listed: IN BOND per the case size stated. If you would like wines duty paid, 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.
Do remember that we are always delighted to offer advice should you need it. The best people to talk to are our private client team, Peter Ogilvy-Wedderburn and Edward Richardson, who were both in Burgundy for the primeur tastings. They can be contacted directly via email or on 020 7221 1982.
LegendTBA = 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)