Approximately 8 min read

Introduction

Launching an En Primeur Campaign during a global pandemic is unheard of, yet so many have managed it almost seamlessly. Given the added complications of Brexit, it was everything but easy. Tasting 2019 wines too and only a few were lucky enough to do so.

Some wines are still on their way, so we all certainly have something to look forward to.

The 2019 vintage

In 2019,  I was fortunate enough to travel through Burgundy and tried 200+ wines of the 2018 vintage, and hereby feel like having a good reference point to the 2019 vintage. 

I found in the wines of 2019 an equal power and concentration as in 2018, yet the 2019s showed across the board a remarkable freshness and more prominent and detectable acidity level. This not only means that they carry their weight better but suggest that they will most likely have increased longevity.

So what’s not to like? It was a warm/hot vintage, some may have picked a bit too late. Knowing that Chardonnay acid levels can drop very quickly, this could result in some rather unexciting or flabby whites. Late picking for Pinot Noir simply could result in over-ripeness and manifest itself in the finished wine in form of cooked aromas/flavours. Some producers openly admitted that despite the heat they were surprised about the naturally high acidity levels. Mother nature, it seems so, was kind to the vignerons. 

My personal advice is “Reviews, tasting notes and expert opinions are rare this year which doesn’t mean you only need to stick to producers you know and trust. It is a vintage where you can experiment around and buy wine across the board (white or red) confidently. 

The truly great news is that one thing is certain in 2021 – Burgundy 2019 is not only worth seeking out – it is truly divine.

10 second expert

Should I buy some 2019 Burgundy? YES, it shows from the start some of the best wines I have tasted in the last years.

Vintage 2019 = Has the structure of 2018, the freshness of 2017 and seemingly the potential of 2010.

Personal tasting notes

Below you will find my personal tasting notes for the 2019 Burgundy which I have reviewed (so far).

En Primeur price excl. TAX and DUTY
£ =<£15 / ££=£15-£30 / £££=£30-£45 / ££££=>£45
Please note this is only a guideline – prices may vary from one supplier to another!

♥ = I find the wine highly enjoyable, and it is a purely personal preference.

2019 Pouilly Fuissé ‘Collection’, Sophie Cinier, Mâconnais

Highlights

  • Wonderful mineral tension 
  • Superb value
  • Aging potential

Price: ££

Tasting note

Instant mineral kick to it on the nose. Salty and oyster shell notes with a dried lemon peel background. Densely structured at first, yet layer by layer giving you more to discover. Green apple note with just ripe conference pear flavours but always with a lovely string of refreshing acidity – to keep it nice and clean. The lingering mineral finish and overall stunning balance indicates seriously good aging potential and longevity. Great wine for “little” money in Burgundy.

2019 Marsannay ‘Clos du Roy’, Domaine Audoin, Côte de Nuits

Highlights

  • Approachable upon release
  • Good tension and length
  • Great buy = “mini” Gevrey

Price: ££

Tasting note

Purple and blue fruit spectrum on the nose with slightly floral element. Hint of leather and earth. Some fresh plums and a good weight on the palate. Ripe and juicy dark fruits with a slight forest floor element. Very balanced already. Certainly a wine which won’t take long to be in a good drinking window upon release yet worth holding onto it for a few years.

2019 Gevrey Chambertin ‘Clos Village’, Heresztyn-Mazzini, Côte de Nuits

Highlights

  • Silky texture
  • Layered & complex
  • Stunning balance & energy

Price: £££

Tasting note

Perfumed and expressive nose full of red roses. Hint of fresh earth with abundance of red fruits which are just ripe. Beautifully captured purity of red fruit and red beetroot. Silky and smooth yet with tension and body. Their wines seem to get better with every vintage. Love that they keep you guessing which aroma/flavour you discover next, as this is layered and sublime. Oak regime just gives you enough power, yet this is a concentrated wine which will benefit from “forgetting” it for a few years in your cellar.

2019 Morey St. Denis ‘1er Cru les Millandes’, Heresztyn-Mazzini, Côte de Nuits

Highlights

  • Great tension of tannin & fruit
  • Savoury & refined
  • Tons of potential; for the patient ones

Price: ££££

Tasting note

Perfumed with fresh earthy undertones. Red forest fruit scent with some leafy highlights. Good grip on the tannins yet they are finely grained and carry this more dark fruit driven fruit rather nicely. Good tension of acid, fruit and some vegetable notes; like beetroot. A savoury expression and with some brown spicy character (mustard seeds) and a compact slightly tart finish to it. Give this a bit of time and you be in for a treat.

2019 Gevrey Chambertin ‘Aux Echézeaux’, Philippe Jouan, Côte de Nuits

Highlights

  • Great presence on the palate
  • Savoury expression
  • Broad shoulders & lovely tension

Price: £££

Tasting note

Floral and autumn leaf character to it. Very complete palate with instant ripe red fruit presence of plums and cherries. Savoury elements with some dried earth and hints of button mushrooms. Soft and approachable style yet would greatly benefit from being untouched for a few years. This intriguing play of red fruits with savoury elements makes it well worth waiting for. Long finish.

2019 Clos St. Denis Grand Cru, Philippe Jouan, Côte de Nuits

Highlights

  • Power & truly wonderful
  • Perfectly ripe fruit
  • What a potential !!!

Price: ££££

Tasting note

Powerful intensity loaded with layers of fruit. Viscous and persistent on palate revealing bit by bit more layers of fruit and delicate spice. Perfectly ripe raspberries are complemented by just ripe red currant. The interplay of all the elements shows noble origin, yet the approachable character and silky texture make this a wonderful but not cheap drop of the gods. One of the my personal favourites.

2019 Nuits St. Georges, Confuron-Gindre, Côte de Nuits

Highlights

  • Precise & balanced
  • Crunchy red fruits
  • Full of energy

Price: £££

Tasting note

Expressive and floral style with notes of violets and some fresh blueberries. Good weight with great fruit definition of predominantly red fruits like cherries and plum. Some whole bunch character and spice driven mid palate. The slight grippy tannins feel natural at this stage and give them wine actually a defined precise finish. Would love to see this in a few years time.

2019 Vosne Romanée ‘1er Cru Les Suchots’, Confuron-Gindre, Côte de Nuits

Highlights

  • Vivid & refined
  • Seriously good wine making
  • Gives you everything you want from Vosne

Price: ££££

Tasting note

Fragrant and refined nose with some spicy undertones. Powerful palate with a combo of dark red and fresh blue fruits. Weighty but not heavy with noticeable yet perfectly normal grip of tannins on the palate. Tannins might be youthful yet there are fine grained and preserve the fruits wonderfully. A wine, given its youth, of a very high calibre and pure quality. The intensity of the fruit and spice characters is present yet untamed. Not for the faint-hearted. Give this 5+years before even thinking about it.

2019 Hautes Côtes de Nuits ‘Les Dames Huguette, Sylvain Cathiard, Côte de Nuits

Highlights

  • Expect the unexpected
  • Cathiard style…pure silk
  • A wine which makes you simply happy

Price: £££

Tasting note

What do expect from a Hautes Côtes de Nuits? There is always an “uncertainty”. What to expect from Sylvain Cathiard? “Certainty”. Put those 2 things together and you get a perfumed nose with an incredible soft palate full of delicate red fruits. Wild sweet strawberries, just ripe cherries and the sweet texture of red plum. Oh my… A wine which you could drink in its youth but the delicate floral character with that wonderful acidity just carries it effortlessly. Keep for longer than just a few years!

2019 Ladoix ‘1er Cru Les Basses Mourottes’, Gaston et Pierre Ravaut, Côte de Beaune

Highlights

  • Full on
  • Combo of earth, fire and smoke (literally)
  • Unique and highly enjoyable

Price: ££

Tasting note

Floral at first with some forest floor undertones. Spice driven mid palate with some ripe dark plums and leathery notes. Deep and concentrated style with good structure and a slight smoky finish to it. Certainly an example where in the youth the body and intensity takes center stage but rest assured – this can age gracefully.

2019 Corton Grand Cru ‘Bressandes’, Gaston et Pierre Ravaut, Côte de Beaune

Highlights

  • Ethereal 
  • Lovely fruit intensity
  • Simply great now…just imagine in a few years

Price: ££££

Tasting note

Top Corton always carries a unique perfume of fruits and flowers – this is no different. Very distinctive and inviting with the charm of just ripe red fruits followed by a silky texture. Almost effortlessly takes you over, and the length given its youth is truly impressive. Raspberries at first with sweetish red cherries and a focused compact finish. Very nice indeed. On of my personal highlights.

2019 Pommard ‘1er Cru Les Arvelets’, Violot Guillemard, Côte de Beaune

Highlights

  • Big & structured
  • Slowly revealing its great potential
  • Spice meets earth flavours

Price: £££

Tasting note

Big and powerful nose. Dried earth with some wet stones notes. As expected, it isn’t a light weight on the palate yet a great backbone, which is build on a wonderful line of acidity complimented by dark red fruits. Plums and ripe cherries with some baking spice and violet notes. The finish lingers on revealing more the pure fruit than spice. A youngster with some serious potential.

P.S.: Being given the chance of trying some of these wines would have not been possible without the help of Lance Foyster MW

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