2021 Burgundy En Primeur

Everyone has now heard that the 2021 vintage was very badly affected by the frosts in early April, which followed a period of unseasonably warm weather in the second fortnight of March. This provoked an early bud break, particularly in Chardonnay, and the frosts of 5-8th April were devastating, as the figures quoted by every grower about their yields attest. As we sit here in January with reports of 20C temperatures in Switzerland, one can only fear that this sort of occurrence will become more frequent.

The effects of the frost are at their worst in the C么te Chalonnaise and in the whites of the C么te de Beaune, but nowhere escaped entirely - there is more on this in the sections about each region.

Quantitively 2021 was a bit of a disaster, but qualitatively it's a different story.

No one is going to claim that 2021 is some 'vintage of the century', but the wines are good, in both white, there they are cleanly fine and citrussy, often with surprising concentration and length, and in red, where again there is often good concentration and the tannins are chalk fine and nicely ripe, making the wines very juicily attractive, in a style that will be welcome to many Burgundy fans who have found that the recent hot years have made wines more in power than finesse. This is a vintage you definitely want to have in your cellar, one of those vintages which may never have gained the epithet 'great' but which will surprise on the upside with a little age.

Domaine Hubert Lamy and Domaine Dureuil-Janthial are now releasing their wines a year or more later, so that we will be offering their 2020s soon, along with the 2020 Montagnys from Domaine Maxime Cottenceau and a small range of 2020 C么te d'Or excellence in both colours from Laurent Ponsot.

Find Out More

You can 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 pricing wines on the lists 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)