Burgundy week in early January is always an incentive to hurry back from the Christmas break. Our annual Burgundy tasting takes place on 9th January 2019. As well as presenting the charming and approachable 2017 vintage, we are delighted to introduce a few new producers to our Burgundy portfolio. Please join us to meet some new faces and taste through our range, from young, new-wave producers in Chablis and Nuits-Saint-Georges to established names from Chorey-Les-Beaune and Saint-Aubin.
This is one of the most exciting new domaines to have emerged from Chablis in the past decade. Domaine de L'Enclos is ‘new’ in that it is a name we’ve not seen before, but the family of Romain and Damien Bouchard has been in Chablis for generations. They are certified organic, using only organic fertilisers in the vineyards. The 2017 Chablis boasts bright, lifted citrus fruit on the nose and concentrated flavours on the palate, balanced with beautiful acidity.
David Moret makes top quality white Burgundy from his small cellar in Beaune. He purchased his first barrels in the late 1990s, and since then, has continued to buy small parcels of grapes from top growers to vinify in his cellar, always from the same plots of vines. ‘Sous La Velle’ is a 'lieu-dit', or single vineyard, located next to the town of Meursault itself at an altitude of roughly 200m above sea level. This wine is typical of a good Meursault; powerful, concentrated and rounded. It has aromas and flavours of Golden Delicious apples, layered with citrus and white peach with classic minerality and wonderful balance.
The domaine was created in 1973 by Hubert Lamy, father of Olivier, who joined in 1995 and runs the property today. Olivier practices ‘la lutte raisonnée’ in all his vineyards, adhering to organic practices. Oliver has reduced the use of new oak on his whites over the years, and now uses barrels ranging in age from one to five years old. It is highly perfumed with aromas of lime and tangerine on the nose. The palate has racy acidity, fresh bitter lemon citrus notes and a precise, saline finish.
Tollot-Beaut was among the first producers in the Côte d’Or to start bottling its wines at the domaine in 1921. Their wines range from Bourgogne through to Grand Cru. Organic practices are carried out through the vineyards. This wine has a bright ruby red colour in the glass, with an expressive nose, with aromas of red cherries and floral notes. The palate is lean with racy acidity and fine, velvety tannins.
Jane Eyre’s wines remind you of their origins and are deftly crafted to balance minerality and savoury tones with pure red fruit characters. Jane's Gevrey-Chambertin is an impressive expression of this prime cru in the Côte de Nuits. The nose has cherry aromas and wild savoury characters with some trademark earthy Gevrey notes. The wine is well-balanced and accessible, with a lovely dark cherry fruit on the palate, fine-grained tannins and long length.
Guillaume Glantenay is the sixth generation of his family to run this domaine which he took over from his father in 2013. For those who remember the wines from his father’s time, Guillaume has brought a greater elegance to the wines, and a lovely purity of fruit. An overwhelming perfume of cherry is present on the nose of this Premier Cru, along with blackberries and raspberries. It has lovely tannins on the palate and beautiful finesse.
Moron-Garcia is an exciting new producer, set up by childhood friends Mathieu Moron and Pierre Olivier Garcia. The pair, both young winemakers, decided to start their own venture after Mathieu inherited a small parcel of vines in Nuits-Saint-Georges. They also source grapes from growers and are heavily involved in these vineyards, in order to have as much control over the quality as possible. Their aim is to restore biodiversity to the vineyards in the belief that this will yield healthier and better fruit. They are also advocates of low-intervention winemaking, and are uncompromising in their drive for quality. Their Marsannay ‘Clos du Roy’ 2017 is beautifully made, with expressive layers of precise fruit and exceptional balance.