It’s no secret that the wines of Burgundy are the most sought-after and expensive in the world. The home of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay has faced a string of small vintages and surging demand continues. ‘Burgundy will be expensive for the foreseeable future. But it remains a magical, unique region,’ says Neal Martin of Vinous in his 2017 vintage report.
Much like the 2014s, Burgundy purists will enjoy the 2017s for their terroir expression, classic styling and ageing potential. The whites and reds are more polished, offering more fruit, however, they have a slightly softer acidity for earlier drinking.
Wine Cellar imports wines from 8 Burgundy producers each year, mostly sold on allocation through Wine Cellar Privé. Please enquire with Jolette@winecellar.co.za to register your interest.
While the top wines, produced from historically small and unique parcels, are often sold at unbelievable prices, there is still value to be found. We’re offering a mixed 6-pack which not only serves as a great introduction to Burgundy but offers enormous drinking pleasure to boot!
Mâcon: Dominique Lafon is the superstar of Mâcon (and Meursault, of course) and his wines are tightly wound and rather serious.
Côte de Beaune blanc: The drink of choice at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding reception, Olivier Leflaive’s Bourgogne les Sétilles is a blend of young Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet!
Rully: An appellation known for great value whites and reds. The Joseph Drouhin Rully Blanc offers lovely texture and a hint of oak for support.
Chablis: Daniel Dampt produces classic Chablis with Granny Smith apple and oyster shell notes.
Côte de Nuits: Hudelot-Noëllat is an icon producer in the town of Vougeot. His classic Bourgogne is produced from 18 parcels in and around the Côte de Nuits.
Côte de Beaune rouge: Henri Boillot’s Bourgogne is a blend of Santenay, Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet and Volnay; all of which are famous villages of the Côte de Beaune.
Héritiers du Comte Lafon, Mâcon-Villages Blanc 2017
A fresh, cool and pretty citrus-inflected nose gives way to racy, delicious and delineated flavors that terminate in a lightly saline, clean, dry and refreshing finish. To enjoy immediately. – Allen Meadows, Burghound, 87/100
Olivier Leflaive, Bourgogne Les Sétilles 2017
As always a fresh and clean white with sliced cooked apples, lemons, some mango and a hint of stone. Medium-bodied, clean and bright. Drink now. – James Suckling, 91/100
Joseph Drouhin, Rully Blanc 2017
A wine full of charm! The colour is a beautiful white gold, with a ravishing purity and brilliance. The aromas are fresh and fruity, with nuances of broom shrub (genêt), almond and delicious preserved citrus notes. On the palate, it is fresh and elegant. A long and delicious aftertaste makes for a lasting impression. – Véronique Boss-Drouhin
Daniel Dampt, Chablis 2017
The 2017 Chablis has a crisp, granite and smoke-scented bouquet that takes time to unfurl in the glass but never quite clicks into fifth gear. The palate is well balanced but rather shallow and there is a rasping green note that surfaces towards the finish. – Neal Martin, Vinous, 83/100
Hudelot-Noëllat, Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2017
Aromas of smoky berries, sweet cherries and rich soil introduce the 2017 Bourgogne Rouge, a medium to full-bodied, ample wine with supple tannins and an open-knit, giving profile. – William Kelley, The Wine Advocate, 87/100
Henri Boillot, Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2017
A blend of vineyards from several villages, the 2017 Bourgogne Rouge sees no new oak and has been racked a month prior to my visit. It will be bottled in December. It has a pleasant fresh red cherry and blueberry bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied with quite sharp tannin on the entry, an almost citric thread of acidity and plenty of energy on the finish. Quaff this down over the next three years. – Neal Martin, Vinous, 85-87/100