2016 Burgundy En Primeur

A Note from Our Burgundy Buyer
Jason Haynes

This may not be our biggest ever Burgundy offer (our 1st Tranche version in January had 10 times as many producers) but in many ways it is one of our most exciting ever! There may only be 4 producers featured but I can’t help feeling it covers everything that is so exciting and so joyously mesmerising about Burgundy.

Taking centre stage we have one of the great domaines of the Côte de Nuits, not just at the top of their game, but knocking one out of the park. The Dujac 2016s are nothing short of sensational. Team Dujac embraced the challenges of the vintage and produced a range of wines that excited and over-delivered at every level.

None of the other three domaines are run by anyone who has celebrated their 30th birthday yet! First up we have the relative veteran that is Maxime Cheurlin, who came to Vosne in 2010 to take over the family domaine from his grandmother at the tender age of 19. It’s crazy to think that this is his 7th vintage! We were lucky enough to be there pretty much from day one and it has been remarkable to watch the almost overnight star status he and his wines have gained. Having recently added lots more wines to his portfolio, he releases his 2016s with the world at his feet.

Next up, we have Alix Millot who took over from her charming father, Jean-Marc, just a couple of years ago but has already made quite an impact. She oozes youthful confidence and seems to have an innate feel for things in both the vineyards and the cellars. You can see the pride in her father’s eyes as he recognises what a talented daughter he has. Her 2016s are a delight and in a vintage no-one would have asked for on paper, she has excelled!

And, finally, we have the newest recruit and a very exciting addition indeed to our portfolio, in Thibaud Clerget. His first vintage was just 2015, not a bad vintage to kick off with(!) and he has already established quite a following. He makes Volnays that remind us why we love Volnay, being ethereal and elegant and very much the essence of Burgundian Pinot Noir. I have no doubt he will go all the way to the top.

So there we have it. Something for everyone. It reflects very well just what we are about as a company, bringing you both wines of established pedigree and wines from the next generation of growers that continue to breath life into the most thrilling wine region in the world.

See the full offer HERE.


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