Burgundy 2016 Round One

So, as with every vintage, the two questions for you as consumers that take precedence over everything else always are: should I buy the wines and if so, how much of them? The best wines are wonderfully refreshing, transparent and graceful with moderately firm tannic spines where the all-important element of balance is supplemented by good but not high acidities. Before I offer more detail, the short answer is yes on both accounts that the 2016s deserve a place in your cellars and there is no reason not to go heavy – I for one will be buying all that I can afford and find. More specifically, there are two aspects that I absolutely love about the 2016s which are those of the crystalline transparency to the underlying terroirs coupled with their refreshing drinkability. One just feels like drinking the 2016s, in fact it’s hard not to like them. BURGHOUND

By now I think most people who buy and drink Burgundy will be aware that 2016 has some of the lowest yields in memory. Interestingly the frosts that ravaged the region were extremely unusual in that they did not only affect the flat lower ground but were erratic in the way they decimated vineyards up and down the Cote. Some communes suffered more of mother nature’s wrath than others, but none were left unscathed and yields are down between 50-80% across much of the area. This is a critically important point to get across to our customers as allocations are miniscule this year and I have now tasted enough to say that the quality is fantastic and very much in the vein I love to drink. There is, for both white and red, a real sense of place, vibrancy and energy. The reds have ample stuffing, plenty of fruit and the tannins are properly ripe and supportive. The whites are great, thoroughly enjoyable with real persistence and intensity. In short this is a vintage for those who love the classic side of Burgundy. I hope that in years to come the producers can enjoy the wines they made without the woe of their extreme losses.

This is the round one of our annual Burgundy campaign, there is plenty here to love, white and reds from Bouchard, the highly sought-after whites of Jacques Carillon and the small, under the radar but lovely, fresh and vibrant wines of S.C Guillard.

Due to the scarcity of the wines this year they are available on a strictly first in first served basis. The wines are now available and in store. We will let you know when your orders are ready to collect.