Burgundy suffered a severe frost on the 5th April 2019 that coupled with a largely dry growing season saw a dramatic 40% shortfall in the potential size of the final harvest. Happily, the quality of the finished wines should be excellent but there will be less of them than usual and those that are produced will be more oak-influenced than usual. Fortunately, we have an excellent buying rapport with Longvic-based négociant Stéphane Brocard, so are confidant of securing reasonable allocations even in testing conditions. His Bourgogne Aligoté 'Closerie des Alisiers' has proved a welcome addition to this list and has already secured a loyal following. With appealing green apple scents and flavours coupled with a nervy minerality, it makes an excellent apéritif or partner to shellfish. His popular Bourgogne Chardonnay is a touch fuller and weightier with an orchard fruit bouquet and crisp acidity, it is designed to be readily approachable from release. Completing a commendable line-up is a succulent Pinot Noir with juicy red fruit aromas and a smooth stewed fruit palate offset by supple tannins. It does not demand food accompaniment but pairs well with poultry and small game.
New listings here are two 'Bourgogne' bottlings from esteemed Chassagne-Montrachet based vigneron Bruno Colin. His Chardonnay is grown on clay and limestone soils and is raised in oak for 10 months prior to bottling. With a golden hue, whitecurrant and melon bouquet and a taut stone fruit palate plus a fresh finish, it makes a great introduction to his oeuvre. Its sibling Pinot Noir is de-stemmed prior to pressing, vinification and barrel-ageing and drinks well on its youthful fruit. With aromas of raspberries and redcurrants and a core of blackcurrants and red cherries supported by smooth tannins, it is a versatile wine that is well-suited to charcuterie and soft cheeses.