Annual Burgundy En Primeur 2018 - Invite Only Event

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67 Pall Mall, St. James's, London, SW1Y 5ES
14 Jan 2020 18:30:00
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Annual Burgundy En Primeur 2018

2018

2018 is an especially solar vintage but with less extreme temperature spikes than 2003 or 2009, and with sufficient water reserves from winter and spring to avoid drought. With harvest spread across four weeks (double the length of 2017) the vintage is far from heterogeneous and there are some overblown as well as underpowered wines - so we have been strict as ever in our selection.

Whites are generally rich and deep fruited, and the better wines, especially from sites with older vines and good water retention, have sufficient structure and length to balance their weight and generosity. We have been especially rigorous in our choice of whites this year, avoiding chunky, broad-shouldered efforts and focusing on a brilliant, much narrower selection of stars that will mature beautifully and be ready to drink well before the 14s and 17s.

For reds the warmth of the vintage has ensured the opportunity for fulsomely ripe, sweet fruit covering plush, juicy tannins. Pierre Duroché, whose wines even in 2018 show trademark purity, energy and deftness, likens the ripeness levels to those of 2015 but with better balance and more freshness. Maverick Philippe Pacalet says the vintage is “gourmand”, combining density and freshness, and resembling 1990 but with more structure.

From the blue chip villages in the Cote d’Or there is a lot to love and the reds from the best crus will surely sit alongside the legends in the pantheon of great Burgundy vintages. The richness of some of our selected wines will have an appeal that goes beyond just Burgundy lovers. Meanwhile Romain Taupenot observes that solar vintages can soften more abrasive, rustic tannins, smoothing out the harder edges of less polished appellations. This has resulted in exceptional wines from AOC Bourgogne, and the Cote Chalonnais and across the Cote d’Or.

For those who approached the 2017 Burgundy (reds) with a degree of reserve as were “keeping their powder dry” for 2018 - you can now confidently prepare to charge, all guns blazing…

On Tuesday 14th January we will be hosting our annual Burgundy En Primeur event at 67 Pall Mall. We will be joined by some of our favourite producers including Etienne de Montille, Maison Delaunay. 

Featured Producers*

Albert Bichot, Ballot-Millot, Clos Frantin, Comte Armand, de Montille, Dugat-Py, Duroché, Maison Delaunay, Francois Raquillet, Henri Magnien, Hudelot-Noëllat, Jane Eyre, Jean Tardy, Long-Depaquit, Michel Gros, Paul Jaqueson, Paul Pernot, Philippe Colin, Philippe Pacalet, Prieuré Roch, Sauzet, Taupenot-Merme, Van Canneyt

* We may not have samples available from every producer!

This is an invite only event. If you are interetested in buying en primeur and would like to attend this event please email marie@honestgrapes.co.uk. Please note this event is now fully booked however we organise another session on the 15th January at Rapha Soho Club House.

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2018

2018 is an especially solar vintage but with less extreme temperature spikes than 2003 or 2009, and with sufficient water reserves from winter and spring to avoid drought. With harvest spread across four weeks (double the length of 2017) the vintage is far from heterogeneous and there are some overblown as well as underpowered wines - so we have been strict as ever in our selection.

Whites are generally rich and deep fruited, and the better wines, especially from sites with older vines and good water retention, have sufficient structure and length to balance their weight and generosity. We have been especially rigorous in our choice of whites this year, avoiding chunky, broad-shouldered efforts and focusing on a brilliant, much narrower selection of stars that will mature beautifully and be ready to drink well before the 14s and 17s.

For reds the warmth of the vintage has ensured the opportunity for fulsomely ripe, sweet fruit covering plush, juicy tannins. Pierre Duroché, whose wines even in 2018 show trademark purity, energy and deftness, likens the ripeness levels to those of 2015 but with better balance and more freshness. Maverick Philippe Pacalet says the vintage is “gourmand”, combining density and freshness, and resembling 1990 but with more structure.

From the blue chip villages in the Cote d’Or there is a lot to love and the reds from the best crus will surely sit alongside the legends in the pantheon of great Burgundy vintages. The richness of some of our selected wines will have an appeal that goes beyond just Burgundy lovers. Meanwhile Romain Taupenot observes that solar vintages can soften more abrasive, rustic tannins, smoothing out the harder edges of less polished appellations. This has resulted in exceptional wines from AOC Bourgogne, and the Cote Chalonnais and across the Cote d’Or.

For those who approached the 2017 Burgundy (reds) with a degree of reserve as were “keeping their powder dry” for 2018 - you can now confidently prepare to charge, all guns blazing…

On Tuesday 14th January we will be hosting our annual Burgundy En Primeur event at 67 Pall Mall. We will be joined by some of our favourite producers including Etienne de Montille, Maison Delaunay. 

Featured Producers*

Albert Bichot, Ballot-Millot, Clos Frantin, Comte Armand, de Montille, Dugat-Py, Duroché, Maison Delaunay, Francois Raquillet, Henri Magnien, Hudelot-Noëllat, Jane Eyre, Jean Tardy, Long-Depaquit, Michel Gros, Paul Jaqueson, Paul Pernot, Philippe Colin, Philippe Pacalet, Prieuré Roch, Sauzet, Taupenot-Merme, Van Canneyt

* We may not have samples available from every producer!

This is an invite only event. If you are interetested in buying en primeur and would like to attend this event please email marie@honestgrapes.co.uk. Please note this event is now fully booked however we organise another session on the 15th January at Rapha Soho Club House.