2019 is a classic vintage for the modern age of Burgundy.
2019 has given us paramount quality in tiny quantities. Spring frost, disruptive rain at flowering, and the blistering ‘canicule’ August heat wave reduced volumes by up to 50% compared to 2018 keeping vignerons hard at work. Yet this has resulted in the wines defying all preconceptions, and 2019 looks like one of the greatest vintages of this century, as the heat concentrated not only the fruit and sugars, but also the acidity, phenolic content. Burghound’s Allen Meadows described the 2019 Côte de Nuits reds as potentially the best the region has produced since 2010.
Reports from all the leading Burgundy critics (Jasper Morris MW, Neal Martin, Jancis Robinson MW, and Allen Meadows) confirmed our conclusions from the early samples we have tasted: 2019 produced wines of excellent quality, balance, precision and longevity combining the richness of 2009 and 2018 with the precision and fruit definition of 2017.
The reds are crimson, aromatically exuberant and richly concentrated. Tannins are plentiful and plushly textured. The whites are mouthwatering and intense, combining the best orchard fruit flavours with the finest enchanting stony minerality. Despite the heat spikes, pH levels remained reasonably low so both reds and whites maintain excellent levels of refreshing acidity and energizing freshness.