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Retrospective Burgundy: two vintages, three villages

With GD’s 2019 vintage Burgundy campaign around the corner, we wanted to revisit the past two vintages with a focus on three significant villages; Nuits-Saint-Georges, Meursault and Gevrey-Chambertin, and all through the lens of the historical Bouchard Père et Fils. 

Dear Reader,

For the first time in seven years, an ample harvest unaffected by frost, hail, mildew or any other increasingly common ailment had been collected in 2017. When yields were correctly controlled, growers produced Pinot noirs that are supple, light and seductive even in youth with the capacity to age for decades. With regards to Chardonnay, it typically deals with higher yields very well, and 2017 is a truly great white wine vintage for Burgundy.

The 2018 vintage was the warmest in Burgundy since 2003, as well as one of the driest ever. That being said, the growing season in 2018 was relatively mild in that warmer than average temperatures in January were offset by a cooler February, and plenty of rainfall in the first months of the year helped with water reserves for the vines. Contrary to what one might expect from a warmer growing season, the 2018 white wines overall possess wonderful freshness, poise and tension. In terms of the 2018 reds, quantities are down but quality is excellent. Some of the best wines are extraordinary and there is enjoyment to be had in drinking regional and village reds younger as the warmer vintage has softened out tannins and made the fruit more prevalent.

If you do not yet participate in our annual Burgundy allocation campaign, please speak to us so we can provide you with further information and look ahead to the 2019 wines that will be arriving shortly.

In the meantime however, please read on below and let us know if you are interested in experiencing some Burgundy from 2017 and 2018 for some tasty perspective.

Nuits-Saint-Georges
There are no grand cru classified vineyards in the village of Nuits-Saint-Georges in the Côte de Nuits. Of the 308 hectares under vine, just under 145 of these are classified as premier cru. There are a total of 41 premier cru classified vineyards and ”Les Cailles” is one of them. This vineyard is 3.8 hectares in size and Bouchard Père et Fils owns 1.08. Situated in the southern part of the village and neighbouring the mighty ”Les Saint-Georges” and ”Les Vaucrains” vineyards, ”Les Cailles” is one of the other most coveted parcels of Pinot noir.

Meursault
Like Nuits-Saint-Georges, there are no grand cru classified vineyards in the village of Meursault. Of the 381 hectares of white grape vines under production, just over 107 of these are classified as premier cru. There are certain village classified vineyards that bear its name on the label due to their exceptional quality. Meursault ”Les Clous” is one such vineyard, situated north-west of the noteworthy premier cru vineyards of ”Porusots” and ”Les Bouchères”. Bouchard Père et Fils owns 8.64 hectares of ”Les Clous”, which is about half of the total vineyard area.

Gevrey-Chambertin
When it comes to red burgundy, the very finest and most sought-after hail from this northern end of the Côte d’Or – the Côte de Nuits. Of all the wine-producing villages in Burgundy, Gevrey-Chambertin is the largest with its vast amount of ideal land for winegrowing. Located above Morey-Saint Denis, the iron-rich clay soils of Gevrey-Chambertin are responsible for some of the most haunting and long-lived Pinot noir on the planet. The village has for years carried a strong reputation and to date, the overall quality of wine from here is higher than ever. As such, while the best grands and premiers crus are both hard to come by and outside many a wine budget, there is so much reward in the villages cru level. Bouchard Père et Fils produces its Gevrey-Chambertin village wine from the supply of grapes from growers on longstanding contracts with the Domaine.

Burgundy Retrospective 6-bottle case
R 5,995

Only 24 cases available

Bouchard Père et Fils

Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru ”Les Cailles” | 2017 | 1 x bottle | 91 points Jasper Morris
Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru ”Les Cailles” | 2018 | 1 x bottle | 90-92 points Neal Martin

Meursault “Les Clous” | 2017 | 1 x bottle | 91 points Wine Spectator
Meursault “Les Clous” | 2018 | 1 x bottle | 91 points Tim Atkin MW

Gevrey-Chambertin | 2017 | 1 x bottle | 88-91 points Allen Meadows of Burghound
Gevrey-Chambertin | 2018 | 1 x bottle | 90 points Tim Atkin MW

*Price is per 6-bottle mixed case and incl. VAT

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