Jancis Robinson MW has released her 2013 Burgundy Report with reference made to what she terms a “fairy-tale vintage”. Most of the growers mentioned in Robinson’s report belong to the 28 that Great Domaines exclusively represents and imports for the South African market.
Domaine Dujac, Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier, Jean-Marie Fourrier, Denis Bachelet of Domaine Jean-Claude Bachelet et Fils, Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey, Étienne de Montille, and Aubert de Villaine of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti are some of the biggest names in this year’s Burgundy report, and Great Domaines has the privilege of importing these growers direct from their estates.
Producers have said that only in farms which yields were extremely low did the fruit have the chance to achieve their full ripeness. This means that where producers chose the more difficult route of keeping yields extremely low, they were paid with an absolutely outstanding “Fairy-Tale” of a vintage. This coupled with the exceptionally late harvest in 2013 has resulted in wines with firm acidity and somewhat reminiscent of the 2010s. The wines speak of their climats, showing the individual strengths of the vineyards in which they were grown.
Great Domaines has prided itself on being South Africa’s leading importer of fine wine, and even more so when it comes to Burgundy. We receive an allocation of wines from our Burgundian domaines, albeit in minuscule quantities. International demand for Burgundy remains very high and we invest a great deal in maintaining our relationships with the individual growers by visiting them on a yearly basis. We distribute our yearly allocation of wines out to our Burgundy customers accordingly. The Burgundy we receive every year is destined to those customers who continue to support our allocations and we endeavour to make the same wines available from each new vintage, of course dependant on the conditions of the growing season. When we have a rejection of an allocation, those wines are then given to the customers on the top of the waiting list, and so this process repeats. This ensures that we have a fair way of distributing this highly sought after wine, even in vintages where the production of wine was tiny.
Read the full article by Jancis Robinson HERE on jancisrobinson.com
Edited by Simon Crawley