The Vintner Out & About
Burgundy is a very impressive region and one of our absolute favourites to taste. Despite mainly showcasing two grape varieties, Burgundy offers a range of subtle flavours to explore, with quality being linked to the vineyards rather the wine growers and makers, it’s the best region to explore the influence of terroir – how the grape, soil and climate dictate the flavour.
Following the hugely successful 2016 campaign last year, we packed Charlie and Nick off to Bordeaux to assess the quality of the 2017 vintage and report back on which wines we should be recommending this year. They spent 5 days touring all the key regions and tasting all the key wines. Here is their report: …
“A vintage that largely defies generalisations but which has produced some excellent, even outstanding reds, albeit in miserable quantities” The Drinks Business
“The 2016 vintage is not a year to buy blindly, but its’s certainly a vintage to buy” Decanter
Similarly to Bordeaux, the 2016 vintage in Burgundy was a tale of two contrasting halves. The first half played out like a Greek tragedy with the gods chucking the worst possible weather conditions at the hapless vines. Fortunately, whatever survived the onslaught enjoyed ideal conditions to salvage the vintage and even produce some excellent wines. Beware though, only the most meticulous vignerons and their teams were successful at finding the right balance of ripeness and acidity.
Last week, Gavin and I hosted one of the Vintner’s great wine tastings in our tasting room in Parsons Green.
It was a trip through the iconic villages of the legendary Côte d’Or in Burgundy to identify the secret gems and subtle genius of each village from the two most recent outstanding vintages (2014 and 2015).