Burgundy 2022 En Primeur

Overview

After the myriad of issues with the 2021 vintage, 2022 represents a return to normality in Burgundy – not just in weather conditions but in the quantities produced and in the style of the wines. We met with happy growers who reported very few problems during the growing season. Heat and drought were concerns but rain fell at the right time, helping to produce well-balanced wines with great freshness and fine elegant tannins in the reds that will provide excellent drinking in the mid-term.

The Big Picture

Although 2022 has provided a welcome relief after the shortages of 2021, it is still just a return to a ‘normal’ quantity and average in terms of recent vintages rather than a bumper crop. There is still upward pressure on prices from ever increasing costs of production, as well as worldwide demand although this is tempered for some by gloomy economic forecasts. It is worth mentioning though that quality has never been higher, particularly in the lesser-known villages such as Auxey-Duresses and Marsannay, and with the parcels of Bourgogne Pinot Noir or Chardonnay from growers in well-known villages. Often these vineyards are very well situated close to very expensive names and excellent value can be found if you’re prepared to take the path less trodden. This is particularly true in a vintage like 2022, where good ripeness and well-balanced wines were achieved throughout the region.

The Wines

Balance, fruit and freshness are the keywords both for red and white wines. The Côte de Beaune whites have attractive floral aromas and white fruit flavours rather than yellow fruits. There is good freshness on the finish, but this is tartaric rather than malic acidity and so there is no harshness, and the wines will age well. Reds are similarly aromatic with red fruit flavours, fine, ripe tannins on the finish and again attractive freshness giving balance and vivacity to the wines. The Côte de Nuits wines have a slightly different feel, mainly as the harvest started a little later here. The wines are a touch fuller, both red and white, with some of the reds showing touches of black fruits too. Alcohol levels are generally in the 12.5%-13.5% region. Given that it was a fairly hot summer the fresh style might seem surprising, and growers offered various explanations, from the vines getting used to warmer conditions, harvesting dates being slightly earlier than usual, the vine completely shutting down at times and rain falling at just the right time. Growers too are much more used to such conditions and cope better with them in both the vineyard and winery. Whatever the reasons, the results are delicious.

The Weather

A season which growers described as ‘parfait’ began with mild conditions and, in contrast with 2021, little frost. April and May were warm and dry leading to an early budburst and flowering taking place in near perfect conditions leading to the promise of an abundant harvest. June saw very warm conditions along with some much-needed rain and problems in the north, with some mudslides in Gevrey-Chambertin and hail around Chorey as well as the southern part of the Mâconnais. From then on it was extremely hot until mid-August which helped avoid diseases such as mildew and oidium, making life easier for the growers. The dryness did cause the skins to thicken on the grapes and led to the vines tending to close down, both of which reduced the potential yield and so made this an average vintage in terms of quantity rather than enormous. Right on cue some showers arrived on the Côte d’Or at the end of August to help complete the maturation process. Harvesting in the Côte de Beaune generally began at the end of August with the Côte de Nuits following on a few days later. Generally harvesting took place quickly in perfect conditions in about 10 days as sugar levels and therefore potential alcohol levels were increasing rapidly.

Our List of Growers:

Bachelet-Monnot * Ghislaine Barthod * Domaine de Bellene * Maison Roche de Bellene * Samuel Billaud * Louis Boillot et Fils * P & L Borgeot * Buisson-Charles* René Bouvier * Domaine Chanson * Domaine Coche-Dury * Vincent Dauvissat * Drouhin-Laroze * Château Fuissé * Henri Germain et Fils * Henri Gouges * Alain Gras * Michel Gros * P & M Jacqueson * Domaine des Comtes Lafon * Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon * Laroze de Drouhin * Domaine Leflaive * Méo-Camuzet * Christian Moreau Père et Fils * Moreau-Naudet et Fils * Odoul-Coquard * Paul Pillot * Henri Prudhon et Fils * Michel Prunier et Fille * Rollin Père et Fils * Armand Rousseau * Georges Roumier * Etienne Sauzet * Tollot-Beaut

(some if these may only be available on allocation, please call for more information)

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Chanson Père & Fils

Domaine Drouhin-Laroze

    Name
    Type
    Notes
    Case Size
    Price
    Quantity
  • Still Red | Single Bottle

    Still Red

    Dark, plump and compact, ripe, spicy and stony. Its fresh with lovely ripe red fruits and white flowers. Creamy and dense, lovely acidity and a stony mineral core. Some muscle but very elegant with it, layers of fruit, slightly more savoury as you go on, showing degrees of precision. Black cherry fruits, all feels very fine and beautifully balanced with super length. Stylish! 8-25 years.

    Single Bottle

    £175.00
  • Still Red | Single Bottle

    Still Red

    So much power here! This is ripe and poised with notes of small blue and black berry fruits. Full bodied and dense, with a richness that builds alongside a savoury flourish with an attractive red fruit quality flowing through a long creamy, cherry-tinged finish. Another wow for this domaine! 8-25 years.

    Single Bottle

    £185.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Fresh, fragrant, stony and precise. Offering an attractive mix of red and dark fruits and floral intensity. Rich and focused with pretty, cherry fruits, good energy and a silky texture. A savoury note and a crisp finish round things off nicely. 2-9 years.

    Case of 6

    £252.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Very pretty nose with a focused dark floral perfume, blue-black fruits and a little spice. Really neatly defined and poised. Rich attack, the tannins arrive early, and they build! Intense acidity, very fine but clearly a more structured wine with some chew and a savoury finish. 3-12 years.

    Case of 6

    £318.00
  • Still Red | Case of 3

    Still Red

    A certain density but super elegant nose. Ripe blueberry yoghurt notes, red and black fruits too, all neatly defined and punctuated with a warm spicy perfume. Unfurls to reveal charming cassis and sandy notes. Full-bodied, dense and velvety over a stony mineral core. Great concentration and lovely intensity. Bright acidity, super fine tannins, very long. Wow! 8-25 years.

    Case of 3

    £411.00
  • Still Red | Case of 3

    Still Red

    Dense and broad aromas of pressed flowers and sumptuous cooked fruits. Ripe but some restraint and good lift, with some ?animale? notes adding complexity and seriousness. Full-bodied with good energy and fine tannins that show just a little chew. Great fruit, a silkiness with good volume and a combination of dark fruits and red cherry highlights. Wonderfully balanced, seamless, serious structure. Impressive. 8-25 years.

    Case of 3

    £465.00

Domaine Henri Gouges

    Name
    Type
    Notes
    Case Size
    Price
    Quantity
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Good volume and intensity on the nose, lots of red fruits with a chalky frame and a touch of oak. It?s generous, juicy and supple, with a spicy red fruit character and a creamy mix of blue, black and red fruits. Has a real ease about it. 2-9 years.

    Case of 6

    £246.00
  • Still Red | Single Bottle

    Still Red

    Super precision and great depth, showing some new wood with creamy dark and red fruits. Open on the palate, with elegance and a creamy, svelte attack. Deft and elegant, pretty, with a savoury thread. Superb balance. 5-20 years.

    Single Bottle

    £340.00

Domaine Louis Boillot et Fils

    Name
    Type
    Notes
    Case Size
    Price
    Quantity
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Generous, fresh nose with beautiful, dense fruit. Sweet-edged, silky attack, building in intensity with mineral depth and grip. It is fresh and animated with fine tannins and feels classical with a long creamy, cherry-tinged finish. 3-9 years.

    Case of 6

    £204.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    More compact than the Poisots, a touch darker too with attractive sweet aromas. Fresh, creamy black cherry yoghurt! Juicy and very fresh on the palate with juicy, red fruits, some spice and good drive with plenty of chalky grip. Really gorgeous and stimulating. 3-9 years.

    Case of 6

    £291.00

Domaine Michel Gros

    Name
    Type
    Notes
    Case Size
    Price
    Quantity
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Enticing perfume of rich dark fruits with good concentration too. The attack is juicy with good weight and a strong core, it?s fragrant, spicy and very intense with plenty of oomph. Finessing to a silky, long, intense and stimulating finish. 0-7 years.

    Case of 6

    £105.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    From a tiny 0.2 ha plot of very old vines. This has a lovely nose with some toasty oak and easy dark fruits ? very attractive. There is a sweet edge in the mouth and it has a smooth, supple quality, very juicy and long. 3-9 years.

    Case of 6

    £216.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    The creamy nose draws you through a mix of red and dark fruits and floral aromas too, with very good freshness and a fine dark thread. There?s a sweetly fruited frame, with a supple, creamy, spicy and stimulating medium body. Very attractive. 3-9 years.

    Case of 6

    £237.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Fresh, inviting aromas that are still tightly wound with an almost seamless feel. It is ample and juicy, rounded and svelte with creamy fruit flavours and grip that builds. Very appealing. 3-9 years.

    Case of 6

    £345.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Expressive, rich raspberry fruit fragrances with some black pepper and spice. More red fruits through to the palate which shows a juicy, silky purity with very good energy. 3-9 years.

    Case of 6

    £345.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Smoky, roasted coffee aromas with a complex, floral quality, distinctive and punctuated with super lift. It?s full and expressive with great drive and a silky, ample feel to it. 3-9 years.

    Case of 6

    £960.00

Domaine Odoul Coquard

    Name
    Type
    Notes
    Case Size
    Price
    Quantity
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Darker fruits with a herby quality, a little toast and a hint of espresso, but really clean and fresh. Silky and juicy with a fine structure and a mix of cassis and black raspberry fruit flavours. Nicely balanced with great lift. 0-7 years.

    Case of 6

    £216.00
  • Still Red | Case of 3

    Still Red

    Rich, open and inviting. A sense of scale with elegance and charming. Attractive cherry and blue fruits, this is full-bodied and silky, with bright acidity, fine tannins and plenty of savoury mineral grip. Classy. 5-15 years.

    Case of 3

    £330.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    A whiff of roasted coffee, great depth and concentration, offering fresh dark fruits with redder pockets and a little leaf and spice. Creamy in parts with great elegance, very fine tannins and great mineral intensity. Sophisticated and seamless. 5-15 years.

    Case of 6

    £420.00

Domaine Rollin Père et Fils

Domaine Tollot Beaut

    Name
    Type
    Notes
    Case Size
    Price
    Quantity
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    A small cuvee from the north side of Corton. Attractive, neatly defined red and black fruits, a touch of cream and spice too. Pretty and expressive with a juicy and ample, sweet-framed palate. Silky smooth, lovely finesse and great length. 2-9 years.

    Case of 6

    £198.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Broad and full with a sense of silk and cream and rich raspberry fruit. The palate shows freshness, a lovely sweetness and tannins that really build with lots of grip and mineral intensity. A concentrated tension suggests this will need time. 8-25 years.

    Case of 6

    £276.00

Henri Germain et Fils

Méo-Camuzet

    Name
    Type
    Notes
    Case Size
    Price
    Quantity
  • Still White | Case of 6

    Still White

    Attractive nose showing a little pineapple, citrus and white fruits with a matchstick quality and a little new wood too. Juicy on the palate, supple with a delicate chalky/speckled quality and a crisp finish. An easier going style than past vintages! 0-5 years.

    Case of 6

    £204.00

René Bouvier

    Name
    Type
    Notes
    Case Size
    Price
    Quantity
  • Still White | Case of 6

    Still White

    Aromas of fresh ripe lemon citrus and some leesy richness, the palate shows very good concentration and acidity with light creamy touches, good density and plenty of oomph. Good flavour, excellent purity and a long rich finish. From clay and limestone soils in Marsannay. 0-5 years.

    Case of 6

    £111.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    'Le Finage' translates as 'territory' and is a blend of Marsannay terroirs. Cool and fresh dark fruits aromas with a little crunch and some attractive new wood. A creamy, generous palate, that is silky smooth, offering a mix of black cherry, dark fruits and raspberry highlights. Plenty of structure and mineral bite, but supple and long. 2-7 years.

    Case of 6

    £153.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    A rounded, easy and fragrant nose of blue-black fruits with some energetic red highlights. Velvety with a touch of salinity on the palate, this is structured and supple with very good depth and a long juicy finish. 2-9 years.

    Case of 6

    £273.00

Roche & Domaine de Bellene