2016 Burgundy En-Primeur Offer

Burgundy is one of France’s most celebrated wine regions with vineyards stretching from Chablis in the north of the region, to Beaujolais in the south. The essence of its greatness is its multiplicity of single sites, each with its own hallmark of soil, sub-soil, exposition and climate. This intricate pattern of different factors gives what the French call terroir and nowhere in France is terroir more crucial to the final wine in the bottle than in Burgundy.

I have enjoyed tasting this vintage immensely. It strikes me, as quite unique in both character and quantity. Stylistically the reds defy an easy comparison to any recent vintage, whilst the whites fall somewhere between 2014 and 2015. The vintage is the smallest since 2011.

The 2016 vintage was a late vintage as a result of a cool spring which meant that flowering was late. August was warm with good intermittent rains and then virtually the whole of September was glorious. The harvest started on the 27th September and went on for 10 days, in superb conditions. A late warm, dry and sunny year for Burgundy, with daytime temperatures averaging a degree above the long-term average, many of our growers are comparing their wines to the great years of 2010 and 2005, with exquisitely ripe fruit, silky tannins and wonderfully pure fragrance. In 2016 the wines offer, pure Burgundian class, hedonistically expressive fruit wrapped up in Pinot Noir’s classically delicate, silky structure. The whites too, have a strong offering; with their succulent texture suggesting early to mid-term drinking, will see them at their best.

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All reserves are subject to confirmation with the domaine and payment (by cash, debit card, cheque or bank transfer) will be required prior to final confirmation of your order. Prices are ex cellar and will be subject to VAT and Duty if not kept under bond.

Domiane Louis Jadot

Louis Henry Denis Jadot founded the business in 1859. His vision was to build a business with a high quality reputation. One of his key aims, as well as to make top wines, was to build a significant vineyard base. This vision remains core to the business today. As one of the largest and most prestigious Burgundy houses, Louis Jadot owns or directly controls 115 ha in the Côte d’Or, including over 90 individual vineyard sites, 80ha in the Beaujolais Crus and 18ha in the Mâconnais primarily in Pouilly Fuissé. With all this in mind Louis Jadot wines are consistently ground breaking and with sites in the most prestigious areas in Burgundy it’s no wonder why they are where they are today.

Louis Jadot White Burgundy 2016 Price Per 6 ex cellar RP Scores
Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuissé Tournant de Pouilly  £250.00 92/100
Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuissé Tête de Cru Les Perrières £230.00 93/100
Louis Jadot Red Burgundy 2016 Price Per 6 ex cellar  
Beaune Vignes Franches 1er Cru £215.00 92/100
Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle 1er Cru £230.00 92/100
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Estournelles St Jacques, Domaine Louis Jadot £800.00 92/100

Domaine Dubreuil Fontaine

This is Domaine that is often overlooked in Burgundy, however savvy wine-buyers are falling in love with the purity and precision of this brilliantly run Estate. Christine Dubreuil has put her heart and soul into lifting the entire reputation of this region. The wines punch well above their weight. Cherry-like Pinot and classically mineral whites are the order of the day here.

Recommended to us in the 2014 vintage, by a Burgundy-loving client who took part in Dubreuil-Fontaine’s grape harvest a number of years ago, we were blown away by the gorgeous silkiness offered by the estate’s wines.
2016 was a super year for the Domaine, with incredible fruit richness and intensity – yet the wonderful elegance and delicate structure we adored in the 2015s hasn’t been lost in the slightest. Well worth having in the cellar.

Red Burgundy Price Per 6 ex cellar RP Scores
Beaune Montrevots 1er Cru- situated above Clos de Mouches at a fraction of the price £185.00 92/100
Pommard Epenots 1er Cru £280.00 93/100
Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru- “very well balanced and much more expressive with ebullient blackberry and bilberry fruit, plenty of sappiness that gets the saliva flowing on the finish. Sporting the best length of the three Cortons, this is the pick from the domaine in 2016” Neal Martin £330.00 94/100
Corton Bressandes Grand Cru £330.00 93/100

Domaine Anne Parent

For any serious aficionado of Pommard wines, this is the place the visit and our tasting with Anne of the 2016s every wine was a true reflection of each plot’s complex terroir. Anne Parent can trace 12 generations of winemakers in her family stretching back to the 17th century, including an ancestor who became the personal wine advisor to Thomas Jefferson and amongst the first to export Burgundy wines to what became the United States.

But this grand history certainly doesn’t show in Anne’s demeanour; she’s one of the most charming, witty and talkative winemakers you’re likely to meet in Burgundy, with a pragmatic and straightforward nature, which results in a wonderfully charming range of fruit-driven and silky wines.

As Parker puts it: “I have a lot of time for the wines of Anne Parent,” continuing, “this is a domaine that deserves more attention than it currently receives, a source of pure Pommard; wines that seem to be improving year on year under the guidance of Anne and her team. What is more, prices are very reasonable, which means that everyone can enjoy her wines.”

“This was a strong set of wines from Anne Parent, a winemaker who I might suggest is underrated by the cognoscenti. This was one of her strongest portfolios yet, in particular with respect to the Pommard premier crus such as Les Chaponnières, Chanlins and Les Croix Noires. I also highly recommend her outstanding Bourgogne Selection Pomone as one of the great hidden gems. This generic red Burgundy punches at high village cru level and, especially with two declassified barrels of Ladoix premier cru in the mix, is just as good as the superb 2015.” Neil Martin MW.

Red Burgundy Price Per 6 ex Cellar  
Bourgogne Selection Pomone £150 91/100
Pommard 1er Cru Croix Noirs £384 92/100
White Burgundy Price Per 6 ex Cellar  
Bourgogne Blanc £120 88/100
Corton Blanc £600 92/100

The Surrey Wine Cellar Club

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