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Our 2019 en primeur offer closed on 28th February 2021. If you have any questions about the campaign, your order, or if you wish to be advised of future Burgundy en primeur offers, please email sales@yapp.co.uk.

Vintage Overview

"In short, 2019... is a superb vintage, and these are wines that all Burgundy lovers are going to want to secure for their cellars."
William Kelley - robertparker.com

"There was a lot of head scratching among the producers that I visited. No one, at least no one that I spoke with, seems to understand how a blazing hot and exceeding dry growing season produced such beautiful, and beautifully fresh and vibrant, wines."
Allen Meadows - burghound.com

The quality of the 2019 vintage in the Côte d'Or was outstanding. Whilst there were some extreme temperatures recorded, they were confined to two week-long periods in late June and early July. Outside of these, the growing season remained mild - preserving acidities. The picked berries were small with high levels of acidity and concentration with a strong terroir signature.

In general, 2019 produced white wines with more tension and nerve than 2018, but married to the richness and texture associated with a warm vintage. The reds are supple with fine tannins and whilst there is density and weight, there are also the perfumed aromatics and clarity associated with cooler years. Both should be delicious young and will also reward patience in the cellar. The only disappointment is that after a bumper 2018, yields were significantly down due to a combination of millerandage and frost damage in early April.

We have added several world-class Burgundy domaines to our extensive French portfolio during the past 12 months. At the forefront of these are Bruno Colin from Chassagne-Montrachet and Frédéric Magnien from Morey-Saint Denis; both of which we are delighted to offer on an en primeur basis for the 2019 vintage.

Even in abundant years, availability is scarce from good Burgundian domaines, so in a short vintage of superb quality we are expecting significant demand. Please get in touch with your wish lists as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

Simon Stuart - Head of Trade Sales
Simon Stuart - Head of Trade Sales.


Frédéric Magnien in his cellar

Frédéric Magnien in his cellar



Frédéric Magnien, based in his family domaine in Morey-Saint-Denis, has been developing his reputation as one of the sharpest and most meticulous winemakers in the Côte d'Or since his first vintage in 1995. Frédéric sources grapes from a selection of superb vineyards in Morey, Chambolle and Gevrey with a strong commitment to biodynamics and a 'hands-off' approach to vinification. From 2015 onwards, he has aged a number of his wines in terracotta jarres in order to emphasise terroir and purity.

Terracotta jarres at Domaine Michel Magnien

Frédéric was delighted with his 2019 vintage, commenting that it 'was relatively easy to manage even if there were moments of concern during a period of frost risk and an intensely dry summer', noting 'essentially perfect' picking conditions. In reference to the quality and style of the wines: 'they're fresher than the 2018s with excellent terroir transparency' and 'the exceptional quality of the grapes, endowed with a beautiful physiological balance, has allowed us to produce wines of great freshness with a mesmerizing approach in their youth and an incredible ageing potential.'

Marsannay 'Coeur d'Argile' 2019 @ £210 per case (of 12 bottles) IB
Fréderic's Marsannay 'Coeur d'Argile' is always terrific value for money and is an excellent expression of this underrated appellation, the 2019 is bright and black cherry-scented with a sappy texture and great acidity.

A restrained nose remains cool and pure with its super-fresh and earthy aromas of purple fruit, red currant and newly turned earth. There is plenty of sap present on the vibrant and well-detailed medium-bodied flavors that terminate in a nicely complex and energetic if mildly warm and youthfully austere finish." 88-90 points.
Allen Meadows - burghound.com

Côtes de Nuits-Villages 'Croix Violette' 2019 @ £210 per case (of 12 bottles) IB
Travelling 10 minutes south to the village of Brochon (just north of Gevrey-Chambertin), is where the fruit is sourced for the fantastic value Côtes de Nuits-Villages 'Croix Violette'. The flavour profile becomes a little more red cherry here with an expressed minerality, supple mouthfeel and crisp acidity.

"Markedly ripe but still nicely fresh aromas consist mainly of plum, violet and a whiff of the sauvage. The mouthfeel of the bigger and richer middle weight flavors is both sleeker and more refined while offering good intensity on the moderately firm, balanced and sneaky long finish. This should drink well after only a few years of bottle age." 88-90 points.
Allen Meadows - burghound.com

Gevrey-Chambertin 'Vieilles-Vignes' 2019 @ £330 per case (of 12 bottles) IB
From 55 year-old vines on limestone dominated soil and shows an earthy complexity with firm but approachable tannins. It is a superb example of the appellation, forward enough to be drunk with great pleasure in the short term but sturdy enough for successful cellaring.

"A spicy, complex and ripe combination exhibits notes of mostly dark berries, iron-inflected earth and a whiff of underbrush. The velvety, round and delicious medium weight flavors possess fine mid-palate density as well as a certain muscularity on the saline, firm and sneaky long finale. This is a very good Gevrey villages with promising development potential." Outstanding. 89-91 points.
Allen Meadows - burghound.com


Soil composition at Domaine Michel Magnien

Soil composition at Domaine Michel Magnien


Morey-Saint-Denis 'Coeur d'Argile' 2019 @ £330 per case (of 12 bottles) IB
From fruit grown close to the domaine, a relative rarity - a Morey-Saint-Denis at village level (uniquely most of the appellation is dominated by Premier and Grand Cru sites). It shows blackberry and clove on the nose and features a succulent, dark, almost balsamic core.

Gevrey-Chambertin 'Lavaut Saint Jacques' 1er Cru 2019 @ £292.50 per case (of 6 bottles) IB
One of the most structured and noble Premier Crus in Gevrey showing outstanding complexity, density and length with defined black fruit and autumn leaf flavours showing throughout. This is a great example of the benefits of Fréderic's amphora-led wine philosophy; surprisingly delicious now with a great future ahead. (Limited Availability).

"There is a whiff of herbal tea to the cooler and more restrained aromas of red and dark currant, newly turned earth and game hints. There is excellent energy and focused power to the muscular medium-bodied flavors that are even more mineral-driven before culminating in a youthfully austere, serious and very much built-to-age finale. This is very good and a class Lavaut." Outstanding. 91-93 points.
Allen Meadows - burghound.com

Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2019 @ £1316.50 per case (of 6 bottles) IB
One of the greatest of all the Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte de Nuits, this a brooding wine of obvious class that is built for the long term but should offer early gratification through an intense spectrum of flavours including cassis, liquorice, toasted nuts and crushed stone. (Limited Availability).

"The nose is at once both slightly riper and definitely spicier with its markedly floral nose of poached plum, dark berries and hint of cinnamon. There is better volume and power to the decidedly punchy large-scaled flavors that exude a bracing salinity on the focused, balanced and firmly structured finale." 91-94 points.
Allen Meadows - burghound.com


Domaine Bruno Colin

Bruno Colin



Third-generation vigneron Bruno Colin grew up on the family estate; Domaine Michel Colin-Deleger on the Côte de Beaune. After training in viticulture at the prestigious school of Beaune, he began working with his parents and brother on the family vines in 1993. Ten years later the family split the domaine between cousins, and the eponymous Domaine Bruno Colin was born with his first vintage in 2004. With vines across 22 appellations including eight white Premiers Crus in Chassagne-Montrachet, Bruno strives to reflect each differing terroir in his wines. His distinctive style focuses on expressing freshness and minerality and the best examples show a superb balance of tension and texture.

Bruno was exceptionally happy with the quality of his wines in 2019, which reflected the favourable growing conditions. Both his whites and reds are bright in character with exceptional clarity and detailed fruit; they have an intensity that suggests a long future but will also be expressive and opulent in their youth.

White Wines:

Bourgogne Chardonnay 2019 @ £177 per case (of 12 bottles) IB
A great introduction to the domaine's signature mineral-driven style. Approachable soft stone fruit on the nose with hints of flint and chalk; on the palate there is weight but is it is still bright, clear and approachable. Great value.

"Pale in colour, with ripe plum aromatics and some peaches behind. Though ripe, it is not too alcoholic at all, a very cheerful wine, aimed at being a crowd pleaser." 86 points.
Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy.

Chassagne-Montrachet 2019 @ £210 per case (of 6 bottles) IB
An excellent example of the appellation with fruit sourced from nine different lieux dits. Pronounced mineral intensity showing through citrus fruits. Impressive density with trademark freshness and length.

"Pretty mid yellow, lighter nose, but there is a good tight concentration of fruit behind, and I like the balance with good tension, and a long finish. Well made, at a manageable 13.2% alcohol." 87-89 points.
Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy.

Chassagne-Montrachet 'Les Chaumées' 1er Cru 2019 @ £300 per case (of 6 bottles) IB
To the north-west of the village bordering Saint-Aubin, 'Les Chaumées' produces consistently delicious wines of considerable finesse from limestone-dominated soils. Bruno's 2019 is supremely elegant, already showing complexity with white flowers, honey, jasmine and citrus fruits prevalent. Seamless and linear on the plate with detailed fruit and a gentle persistence. (Extremely Limited Availability).

"Light in colour with rather an elegant nose, a stylish Chaumées, quite delicately nuanced, a lighter, but fine style of Chassagne. Good length and persistence here. Very attractive." 90-92 points.
Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy.


Vines at Domaine Bruno Colin

Vines at Domaine Bruno Colin

Red Wines:

Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2019 @ £153 per case (of 12 bottles) IB
Superb value Pinot Noir with pure black cherry scented aromatics, supple fruit, fine tannins and a long savoury finish.

"No problem with the depth of colour here, or of density of fruit. Seamless fruit, starts generously, a little less intense behind, with good acid balance and a persistent finish." 86-87 points.
Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy.

Santenay 'Vieilles Vignes' 2019 @ £258 per case (of 12 bottles) IB
Located on 'Les Prarons-Dessus' parcel, meaning 'the long upper meadows', this is a true old-vine cuvée - its vines dating from 1959. There is impressive density, sleek black fruit and a long savoury finish.

"Grown on the clay-rich soil of Les Prarons Dessous and racked to tank two weeks ago, to bottle in the New Year. Much denser red purple with a concentrated, but backward bouquet. There follows a huge density of fruit on the palate, then some more rustic tannins behind." 88-90 points.
Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy.

Chassagne-Montrachet 'Vieilles Vignes' 2019 @ £270 per case (of 12 bottles) IB
From 45 year-old vines, the 2019 Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes rouge should not be overlooked! Crammed full of blackcurrant and cherry fruit with hints of forest floor, this is ripe, supple and whilst drinking well early, it should also reward 5-10 years cellaring. (Limited availability).

"Full purple, a little bit of oak showing, otherwise a slightly more elegant fruit, and this certainly shows through on the palate, though still finishing on slightly firm tannins. Classy finish though to complete a red Chassagne, which will be easy to enjoy." 88-90 points.
Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy.


Cellar at Domaine Bruno Colin

Cellar at Domaine Bruno Colin


How en primeur works

Burgundy 2019 wines en primeur

En primeur wines are offered for purchase now, with delivery later in 2021.
These Burgundy 2019 en primeur wines are offered per case (of either 6 or 12) and 'in bond' ('IB'), exclusive of duty and VAT.
We will make note of your request, take debit or credit card details then confirm your order with an invoice and discuss your delivery and storage options.
The en primeur offer closes on Sunday 28th February 2021, but we would advise you to contact us now to secure your preferences.

Terms & Conditions for en primeur purchases
1. A contract will come into existence between Yapp Brothers Ltd ('Yapp') and the Buyer when an invoice is raised and payment is taken by Yapp. Payment will be due immediately when an invoice is raised.
2. Yapp's 'no quibble' consumer guarantee applies to en primeur sales in the sense that the Buyer has the right to change their mind within fourteen days of the creation of this contract.
3. Title to all wines shall remain with Yapp until all sums due from the Buyer are cleared in full (including any applicable VAT, duty, storage and delivery charges).
4. Yapp reserves the right to withhold any wines that the Buyer has ordered for non-payment of any invoice.
5. Where any invoice is outstanding for more than 30 days, Yapp reserves the right to cancel the contract.
6. Risk of loss or damage to Goods shall pass to the Buyer when the Goods are physically delivered to or collected by the Buyer (or their agent).
7. If the Buyer is making their own arrangements for the storage, delivery or collection of the wine (as opposed to keeping it with Yapp), the Buyer agrees to notify Yapp of any defects in the wines within 30 days of the wine being released and after this period the Buyer will be deemed to have accepted the wines.

Storage & Delivery options when the wine arrives

When the physical wine arrives IB in the UK we will contact you to advise you of any additional payments that are due in respect of duty and VAT (if you are withdrawing the wine from bond), storage or delivery charges, including IB transfer charges.
Your options are as follows:

Wine remaining Under Bond
1. If you have your own bonded arrangements at London City Bond ('LCB') you can advise us of the account details for an IB transfer. No further charge.
2. You can store your wine IB with Yapp Brothers. It will be held in the Yapp Brothers' Client Account at LCB. No further charge. You will, however, be charged storage, currently £12.50 per case, per annum, inc VAT.
3. We can arrange for LCB to deliver your wine IB to another bonded warehouse. Such IB transfers are charged at £15 per case up to 2 cases, £5 per case thereafter and must be paid before the transfer request is actioned. You will also need to advise us of account and warehouse details for the transfer.

Delivering & Storing Wine Duty Paid
4. If you would like us to organise delivery of your wine Duty Paid, we will do so under our normal delivery terms. In most cases this will mean no delivery charge.
5. You can store your wine at Yapp Brothers' premises Duty Paid, currently £12.50 per case per annum, inc VAT.
6. When wine that has been held IB is withdrawn from a bonded warehouse, you will be charged duty and VAT at the prevailing rates on the original cost of the wine. The current duty rate is £26.78 per case and the VAT rate is 20%. Therefore, the current duty and VAT on a £200 case of wine withdrawn from bond would be £72.13. (n.b. you pay VAT on the cost of the wine including duty)