Lady Luck has smiled on Burgundy recently, with moderate weather and abundant harvests for four vintages in a row. Sadly, that streak ended this spring, when all of France experienced one of the worst cold snaps since 1947. Estates from Chablis to Meursault are reporting 80-100% damage — catastrophic losses.
But, that’s a topic for future blogs. For now, back to the good news! The Burgundy 2019 vintage has just arrived and there’s plenty to celebrate with these exceptional wines. Critics describe the Chardonnays as “supremely rich and ripe with excellent balance…Most white grapes were harvested in early September, just as the weather was starting to cool down in Burgundy. As a result, the white wines are deeply aromatic and elegant. If you want to add more high-quality white Burgundy to your collection, the 2019 vintage is an excellent opportunity to do so. ” (Vinfolio)
“Hedonistic” is the term Decanter’s Charles Curtis uses to describe the 2019s in general, writing that “the vintage takes its place alongside other exceptional recent years in Burgundy, notable for its outstanding balance of intense fruit, firm structure and supple texture.”
Below are a few of our favorite Burgundy producers, their new releases and superb back vintages. All linked products can be ordered directly online.
And a final note for those customers who ordered during our pre-sales: Shipments were considerably delayed due to tariffs, the pandemic and ensuing international cargo backlog. Now as wines are finally arriving, the weather is quite warm in many places. Please let us know when you’d like your orders shipped. We can send immediately, or wait until cooler weather at no extra cost to you for storage. Write [email protected] or call 850-687-1370.
DOMAINE HENRI BOILLOT
As one of the few U.S. importers for Henri Boillot’s wines, we’re always thrilled when the new shipments arrive. And there’s plenty to enjoy, since Henri and his son Guillaume produce 32 different wines. Currently the Boillots own eleven of those properties, including two exclusive monopoles: Clos Richemont and Clos de la Mouchère.
2019 Boillot Blanc
Bourgogne Blanc. $29.99. 78 bottles
Meursault Village. $54.99. 30 bottles available through Double P Imports
Meursault 1er Cru Richemont. $109.99. 31 bottles
Meursault 1er Cru Gouttes d’Or. $99.99. 12 bottles
Meursault 1er Cru Les Poruzots. $99.99. 24 bottles.
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère. $149.99. 27 bottles available through Double P Imports
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrières. $119.99 14 bottles
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles. $129.99. 8 bottles
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes. $139.99. 3 bottles available through Double P Imports
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru. $219.99. 28 bottles
Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru. $489.99. 3 bottles available through Double P Imports
2019 Boillot Rouge
Bourgogne Pinot Noir. $35.99. 24 bottles available through Double P Imports
Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets. $89.99. 16 bottles
Volnay 1er Cru Chevrets. $89.99. 15 bottles
Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets. $99.99. 6 bottles available through Double P Imports
Pommard 1er Cru Clos Blanc. $89.99. 8 bottles only
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru. $189.99. 8 bottles available through Double P Imports
Échézeaux Grand Cru. $219.99. 3 bottles available through Double P Imports
Bonnes Mares Grand Cru. $299.99. 3 bottles only
Chambertin Grand Cru. $299.99. 6 bottles only
Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru. $299.99. 4 bottles available through Double P Imports
2018 Boillot Rouge
Volnay 1er Cru Les Chevrets. $89.99. 1 bottle only.
Pommard 1er Cru Clos Blanc. $89.99. 2 bottles
Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets. $89.99. 4 bottles
Pommard 1er Cur Les Rugiens. $94.99. 1 bottle only
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru. $194.99. 4 bottles
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru. $399.99. 3 Magnums
Among the many iconic properties in Burgundy, Domaine Leflaive lays claim to some of the most precious terroir — Grand Cru vineyards like Bâtard-Montrachet, Chevalier-Montrachet and Le Montrachet. The domaine also encompasses Premier Cru vineyards like Les Pucelles and Le Clavoillon in Puligny-Montrachet. Almost 20 years ago, the estate moved into biodynamic cultivation under legendary owner, Anne-Claude Leflaive. Her vision and dedication made Domaine Leflaive one of the most prestigious white wine producers in the Côte de Beaune.
2019 Domaine Leflaive – available at the end of June
Mâcon-Verzé. $49.99. 30 bottles
Mâcon-Verzé Le Monté. $59.99. 18 bottles
Mâcon-Verzé Les Chênes. $59.99. 6 bottles
Pouilly-Fuissé. $79.99. 12 bottles
Pouilly-Fuissé En Vigneraie. $89.99. 6 bottles
Auxey-Duresses. $79.99. 12 bottles
DOMAINE DU ROC DES BOUTIRES
In the ancient French vocabulary, a “boutière” was a secondary road that mule skinners used for the transportation of oils and wines in remote parts of the country. The vineyard of Domaine du Roc des Boutires is only 5 kilometers (3.12 miles) west of the ancient Roman track of Via Agrippa, on a very small road which now leads to the village of Solutré, the hills of the Mâconnais and the plains of the Charolais. Every name here has a story!
The Chardonnay vines of Roc des Boutires were mostly planted in the beginning of the ‘70s. The entire harvest, which usually lasts four days, is picked by hand. Owners, Brice Laffond and the Parinet family, use a single-vineyard approach.
DOMAINE MICHEL NIELLON
Michel Niellon operates out of two absurdly small cellars in Chassagne, producing world-renowned wines. He has only six hectares of vines, which include small holdings in Chevalier and Bâtard-Montrachet. Old vines and low yields give these wines their intensity, along with Niellon`s supreme winemaking skills. Supply is severely rationed due to the small size of the domaine and Niellon`s huge following in the United States. But, for those lucky enough to secure some bottles, the rewards are immense.
2017 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Maltroie. $118.99. 12 bottles
2018 Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge. $54.99. 12 bottles
2018 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jean Rouge. $89.99. 12 bottles
More Outstanding Burgundy Producers
Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier
2018 Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale. $149.99. 8 bottles
Domaine de la Crée
2016 Les Tourelles de la Crée, Côte de Beaune Knights Templar Cuvée. $39.99. 12 bottles
Vive la Bourgogne!