Burgundy 2020
We've spent six weeks tasting in the region over the past six months, and we’re convinced that our Burgundy 2020 range is our most comprehensive yet.

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2020 Bourgogne Chardonnay, Michel Bouzereau

Dry | White | Still

The fruit for this blend comes from three sites in Meursault (making up 60%), with the remainder from a single plot in Puligny. In spite of their Bourgogne classification, these sites are high quality, knocking on the door of village level, with shallow topsoil and lots of small stones, aiding drainage. It is a Bourgogne full of lemony freshness and delicious energy.

Young: 2022 - 2026

2020 Chablis, William Fèvre

Dry | White | Still | 12.5%

40 parcels scattered across 4 hectares go into this blend, from vines with an average age of 50 years. Much of these are grown around Chichee, near Vosgros, and give the quality you might expect in a premier cru. The result is a village Chablis of brilliant precision, with long volume and a saline, fresh finish

Young: 2022 - 2026

2020 Petit Chablis, Samuel Billaud

Dry | White | Still

Samuel half jokes that this is ‘Petit Chablis deluxe’. It comes from a parcel just above Grand Cru Les Clos, and is a rare example of Petit Chablis grown on a high proportion of Kimmeridgian, rather than purely Portlandian, limestone. What is no joke is how delicious this is in 2020. It is focused and precise, with lemon zest and salty minerality running through it, and fabulous chalky tension.

Young: 2022 - 2025

2020 Meursault 1er Cru Blagny, Michel Bouzereau

Dry | White | Still

Blagny sits high up, above the heart of the Meursault commune. This altitude brings a focused freshness to the wines. It has notes of honeydew melon, with a richly mineral seashell note - not unlike Chablis - on the nose. The soil is very white limestone up here, and this makes for a scintillating palate. It feels straighter than the Grands Charrons, in many ways, more like a Puligny in profile than a Meursault.

Young: 2022 - 2028

2020 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux, Comte Armand

Dry | Red | Still

This is not a small vineyard. Indeed, at 5.23 hectares it is one of the largest monopole vineyards in Burgundy, and certainly one of the most celebrated in the region. The high proportion of old vines - some past their centenary year - means low yields are the norm. And demand is such that even in spite of its size, this wine regularly sells out early on. In a vintage like 2020 where volumes are below average, moving early would be a wise move. And you won’t regret it: this is a great example of the Clos, and yet another instance for Paul Zinetti to rewrite the old trope that Pommard is muscular and rustic only: this is powerful, but svelte, profound, and intense, with detail and nuance. This is truly one of the greatest vineyards of the Côte de Beaune.

Young: 2026 - 2042

2020 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons, William Fèvre

Dry | White | Still | 13%

Vaillons is a warm, sunny premier cru, and Fèvre has 3.5 hectares right in the middle of the slope. Their 55-year-old vines produce concentration and ripeness in the wine. This 2020 is bursting with white peaches and blossom on the nose, with a vibrant citrus-edged palate. It is totally delicious already, but will age brilliantly too.

Young: 2023 - 2030

2019 Nuits-St-Georges, Maxime Cheurlin Noëllat

Dry | Red | Still

This has a dark cherry fruit core, with a density and structure that should ensure a long drinking window for this village wine. The tannins are expertly knit together.

Young: 2023 - 2034

2020 Chablis, Samuel Billaud

Dry | White | Still

This comes from a blend of three parcels, which are picked and vinified separately. Samuel says these three parts contribute complexity, richness, and minerality to the blend. That’s a pretty good combination for a Chablis. It has an impressive depth of fruit with a satisfying weight. Its persistent length is clean-cut and refreshing.

Young: 2022 - 2027

2020 Volnay, Comte Armand

Dry | Red | Still

This Volnay is so crunchy, vibrant and aromatically spiced through with wild strawberry fruit. It can suffer in very hot years, but in fact, has come out fighting in 2020. It is a blend of two parcels, Les Famines and Les Grands Champs, in the centre of the commune. There is such a pillowy texture to the fruit. This is a delicate Burgundy with just enough of that sweet, scented fruit extracted to make it both tender and mineral.

Young: 2023 - 2032

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