Burgundy 2016 - what will go into Tom Harrow's cellar?
A number of Honest Grapes clients and club members have asked for my recommendations for Burgundy 2017 and I can give no more honest answer than by responding with what I’m considering getting for myself. I sent the below as an email to half a dozen or more people last week and thought it might be useful to be more widely available or up on the website...
De Montille Beaune Greves 1er Cru and Lignier MSD 1er Cru go in my cellar every year and very happy to have them again in 2016. I’m debating between the Guiton Pernand 1er Cru or upgrading slightly to the Volnay “Petits Poisots” - his best vintage and up there with 2010. Tim Atkin also included Guiton in his top 25 producers to watch this year.
I’m still deciding which Taupenot village and cru wines to choose; both his Gevrey and Morey were noted as “outstanding” by Allen Meadows (BurgHound) and I normally take la Riotte & Bel Air – but not sure I can take both though this year as allocations are so tight. Allen also noted Romain’s Bourgogne Cote d’Or as being “outstanding” and “best value” so might take a case of this too for Monday nights!
I'll also take the Village Vosne (in mags) from Clos Frantin (as always) – it got a belting review on Jancis Robinson's site - and then a case of Mark Haisma’s NSG “Charmotte” which I thought was particularly lovely – elegant, precise, intense and with beautiful perfumed sweet fruit.
For an everyday drinker I'm going with a couple of cases of Jane Eyre's Cote de Nuits village which is brilliant and gets a whopping 93 points from Tim Atkin.
For whites I've got 24 Colin B Blanc (which will be my house white Burg when the 2015s run dry) and 12 Clos des Rocs Pouilly Loché to keep Theresa happy – it was stunning and the domaine also featured in Tim’s top 25 Macon producers. Then cases of the swashbuckling Colin Chassagne 1er cru Maltroie and Ballot-Millot Meursault Narvaux (1er cru quality at lieu dit prices).
My outliers are Pacalet Gevrey (such visceral wine and even at village level the same rated 2015 is up 20% since release so can at least pretend I'm buying as an investment!) and Jean Tardy NSG Bas de Combe – as I'm convinced Tardy is the next big thing and his lieu dits are particularly supple and sexy for the money.
Tim Atkin’s Top 25s:
Top 25 red wine producers: Duroché and Taupenot-Merme
Top 25 white producers: de Montille
Top 25 Chablis producers: Bernard Defaix
Top 25 Maconnais producers: Clos des Rocs
Top 25 Chalonnais producers: Jaeger-Defaix, Raquillet
Top 25 producers to watch: Felettig, Jean Guiton, Pernot Belicard
Top 25 negotiants: Mark Haisma
25 Recommended UK Merchants: Honest Grapes
Published on: February 6, 2018