2019 Burgundy Recap

I soon realised, after releasing our opening offer last month, that there were a couple of prices missing for the 1er Cru Chablis’ from Samuel Billaud! If we've not already been in contact about this, or you were curious to know, I thought this a good opportunity to mention the prices here.

As well as updating on those missing Samuel Billaud’s prices, Jean-Marc Pillot has now advised that he will be packing his wines as cases of 6 as opposed to 12s, which makes his wines even more accessible. You will see these revised prices below, as well as a round-up of what else is still available to buy and where I believe represent tremendous value in this excellent vintage.

2019 continues a great run of vintages in Burgundy and these wines will offer enormous pleasure over the coming years. The wines from the Maconnais and Cote Chalonnaise offer tremendous value for money and are well worth a close look.

As always, please let me know if you would like any further advice, or to place an order.

Best regards


Karl Elwood, Director
Offered per case In Bond subject to availability. Duty and VAT will be charged when the wines are shipped and ready for delivery. No delivery charge for orders over £250 In Bond.
2019 White Burgundy
Samuel Billaud, Chablis
"We should see him right at the top of Chablis producers alongside the likes of Raveneau and Vincent Dauvissat’.
Neil Martin, Vinous

Samuel picked early, at the begining of September, and the wines are a winning combination of the minerality of 2017 and the richness of 2018. All the wines have been aged for 12-18 months on the fine lees in order to develop extra tension and complexity.
£165 per case (12x75cl) In Bond

Sourced from three parcels of vines in different sectors of the appellation, some of which are 60 years old. This has fine concentration with excellent freshness and minerality. Great ageing potential too. Drink 2021-2025.

Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu
£290 per case (12x75cl) In Bond

Mont de Melieu lies between the two 1er Crus Fourneaux and Monté de Tonnerre on the right bank and Samuel has vines at three levels. 20% is aged in 2-4 year old 450 litre oak demi-muids, which does not impart any oak character, but adds tremendous depth and partners the intensity of the wines minerality so well. This will deserve time in bottle to develop. Drink 2022-2027.

Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre
£320 per case (12x75cl) In Bond

Often Samuel's finest 1er Cru with tremendous depth of fruit and intriguing salinity. Drink 2022-2027.
Domaine Alain Chavy, Puligny
Alain has for long been one of the earliest to pick in the village, but the recent hot summers have obliged most of the other growers in Puligny to follow suit. In 2019 Alain completed the harvest in six days from 7th to 12th September. Yields were lower than in 2018 at 40 to 45 hl/ha and alcohol levels a little higher with similar levels of acidity. A fine range of well-structured, elegant wines that will develop well in bottle.

Puligny Montrachet
£440 per case (12x75cl) In Bond

This is aged principally in larger (450 litre) demi-muids rather than the traditional 228 litre pièces in order to give less oak flavour and retain the maximum of vitality and freshness. Riper than the 2018 with a touch of honey on the nose and a rich, succulent texture. Drink 2022-2025.
Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot, Chassagne
Jean-Marc has been joined by his son, Antonin, aged 24 and, together, they have fashioned a marvellous range of 2019s. Picked between 11th and 18th September, yields were 40% down on 2018 as a result of spring frost but the wines are rich and concentrated with alcohol levels averaging 13.5% and excellent acidity.
The newly extended winery allows the red and white wines to be vinified in separate cellars at different temperatures and the domaine is now right at the top of the list of Chassagne estates.
Bourgogne Chardonnay Le Haut des Champs
£82.50 per case (6x75cl) In Bond

This comes exclusively from a small plot of old vines near Jean-Marc’s cellar on the RN6. Fermented and aged for 12 months in barrel, this is a great example of how good Bourgogne Chardonnay can be in the right hands. Drink 2021-2023.

Saint Romain La Périère
£129 per case (6x75) In Bond

Saint Romain lies above Meursault and the higher altitude is an advantage in hot summers. Clean and fresh with just a hint of toasty oak. Drink 2021-2025.

Chassagne Montrachet
£217.50 per case (6x75cl) In Bond

The majority of Jean-Marc’s Chassagne vines are near the Puligny border, just below grand cru Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet. Only half a normal crop in 2019 due to spring frost, but this has amazing depth and concentration as a result. Intense flavour, well-structured with a succulent texture and a lovely touch of salinity on the finish. Drink 2022-2026.

Puligny-Montrachet Les Noyers Bret
£230 per case (6x75cl) In Bond

Les Noyers Bret is one of the best climats, lying between the village of Puligny and the grand cru vineyards. The limestone and clay soil gives a wine with both power and minerality. Drink 2022-2026.
Domaine Saumaize-Michelin
This is one of the finest estates in the heart of the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. Their 14 hectare domaine is cultivated biodynamically and the wines are vinified in the underground cellars adjacent to their house.

Yields were lower in 2019, resulting in rich, concentrated wines with fine balancing acidity. All barrel-fermented.
Mâcon-Vergisson La Roche
£172 per case (12x75cl) In Bond

Part of La Roche vineyard extends outside the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. This section is at higher altitude and faces north so in the past has been considered less good, but with climate change, the cooler site often gives fruit with more bite and minerality. A lovely, elegant wine with opulent fruit and fine harmony. Drink 2021-2024.

Saint Véran Les Crèches
£175 per case (12x75cl) In Bond

One of the finest sites in the village of Davayé, just a few kilometres east of Vergisson in the heart of the Saint Véran appellation. The old vines give a rich, concentrated wine as good as most Pouilly-Fuissé with lovely, honeyed fruit and just a touch of spicy oak. Drink 2021-2024.

Pouilly-Fuissé Vignes Blanches
£225 per case (12x75cl) In Bond

From the finest terroirs of Vergisson, the highest village within the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. Both the altitude and the chalk soil give extra bite and minerality to the wine. Wonderful purity of fruit and splendid length on the finish. Drink 2022-2025.
2019 Red Burgundy
Domaine Lécheneaut, Nuits-Saint-Georges
This is a splendid 10 hectare estate created by Lécheneaut in the 1980s. In 2019 they decided to harvest early (6th to 15th September) in order to avoid any trace of over-ripeness and have been rewarded with a glorious range of well- balanced, rich yet fresh wines.
Yields were 25% down on 2018 and Vincent fermented most of the wines with 30% whole bunches. As usual, the wines have been aged for 12 months in barrel.
This is one of the finest estates in the heart of the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. Their 14 hectare domaine is cultivated biodynamically and the wines are vinified in the underground cellars adjacent to their house.

Yields were lower in 2019, resulting in rich, concentrated wines with fine balancing acidity. All barrel-fermented.
Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits
£220 per case (12x75cl) In Bond

This vineyard, at higher altitude in the Hautes Côtes, was particularly successful in the hot summer of 2019. The grapes reached full maturity whilst retaining excellent acidity and have given a ripe, aromatic wine with a dense, close-knit texture and a satisfying, fresh aftertaste. As good as most producers’ Nuits Saint Georges. Drink 2023-2027.

Nuits Saint Georges 
£380 per case (12x75cl) In Bond

From numerous plots in different sectors of the appellation, but principally from the northern side of the village towards Vosne- Romanée. Combines the breed of Vosne with the power of Nuits. Beautifully fresh and succulent with carefully extracted tannins and fine acidity. Drink 2024-2031.
Domaine Michel Magnien, Morey-Saint-Denis
Frédéric Magnien has transformed this renowned family estate. It has been farmed biodynamically since 2010.
In 2019, 30-65% of the bunches were fermented whole and the crop was aged in a mixture of traditional 228 litre oak barrels, smaller 160 litre clay jars and larger 350 litre terracotta amphorae as can be seen in this photo. The aim is to allow the wine to breathe in the same way as in an oak barrel, but with no intrusive oak flavours.
Rossignol trapet
Bourgogne Côte d’Or Pinot Noir
£149 per case (12x75cl) In Bond

From vines principally in Morey Saint Denis where the domaine is based. Sweet, ripe and juicy. Full-bodied, generous wine which displays all the sunny exuberance of the warm summer. Excellent value. Drink 2023-2028.

£235 per case (12x75cl) In Bond

From an undervalued appellation immediately to the north of Gevrey-Chambertin. Full-bodied, well-structured wine with firm, yet ripe tannins, masses of fruit and excellent acidity. Needs a few years to knit together. Fine potential. Drink 2024-2029.

Marsannay Mogottes
£250 per case (12x75cl) In Bond

This was one of my star-buys in 2018 and this will make for a great comparison. The northernmost village in the Côte de Nuits with vines extending into the suburbs of Dijon. A monopole of the domaine, Mogottes has a dark brown limestone, clay and marl soil, which gives a powerful yet elegant wine with fine freshness and vitality. Drink 2024-2029.

Morey Saint Denis
£295 per case (12x75cl) In Bond

Frédéric makes this splendid cuvée from four parcels in the village: Bas Cheneverey, Clos Solon, Crais and Cognées. Generous, full-bodied wine with lovely, red cherry and blackberry fruit. A top class wine and well-priced too. Drink 2025-2030.
Domaine Rossignol-Trapet, Gevrey-Chambertin
The wines from this domaine regularly feature among my favourites, having purchased their wines for many years. In 2019, they picked two weeks later than in 2018, from the 19th to 26th September, fermented with 50-60% whole bunches and extracted gently with minimal remontage and délestage and no pigeage at all.
Rossignol Trapet
Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes
£360 per case (12x75cl) In Bond

45+ old vines from three different sectors within the appellation. Lovely, ripe, red and black fruits on the nose and palate. Rich and generous. Drink 2024-2032.

Beaune 1er Cru Les Teurons
£410 per case (12x75cl) In Bond

Softer and rounder than the gevrey, with silky tannins and a ripe, succulent texture. Lovely bouquet of red cherry fruit. together with oak and spice. Has fine depth and concentration. Drink 2024-2032.
Domaine Jean-Jacques Girard
Jean-Jacques, seen here with his wife Agnès and their son, Vincent, run the family domaine along with their other son François. 
Following the construction of a new winery, the reds and whites are now fermented and aged in separate temperature controlled cellars allowing for greater precision in the vinification.
Yields in 2019 were similar to 2018, but the wines are a little less tannic and with slightly lower levels of alcohol, allowing the fresh, ripe fruit to shine through. This is a splendid source for great value red and white Burgundy.
Savigny Lès Beaune
£190 per case (12x75cl) In Bond

Hot summers such as 2018 and 2019 suit the cooler sites of Savigny and this has unusual depth and richness. Retains the freshness with masses of red fruits, ripe tannins and good acidity. Drink 2022-2027.

Volnay Vieilles Vignes
£310 per case (12x75cl) In Bond

From a plot of vines just above the village that was planted in 1959. 15% whole bunches were included in the fermentation for the first ime and the result is brilliant. Rich, ripe, fresh and elegant. Drink 2023-2030
Domaine Theulot Juillot, Mercurey
Nathalie Theulot and her husband Jean-Claude run this excellent estate in Mercurey. Yields were low in 2019, particularly the white wines (25hl/ha) which were affected by both frost and poor flowering. The pinot noir was less impacted returning a reasonable 37hl/ha. The Theulots started the harvest promptly on 13th September in order to avoid any trace of over-ripeness.
Mercurey Château Mipont
£210 per case (12x75cl) In Bond

0.6 hectare plot in the centre of the village. Planted in 1963, the old vines give a dense, rich wine of premier cru quality so it has long been vinified separately. Beautiful, red cherry and blackberry fruit, a sumptuous texture and impressive length on the finish. Drink 2023-2028.

Domaine Ragot
One of the very finest family domaines in Givry, run since 2008 by Nicolas Ragot. He has taken the estate to new heights, extending the vineyards, constructing a new vat house and eliminating the use of chemical herbicides. Today, the estate comprises 9 hectares of which 70% is red and 30% white.
In 2019, Nicolas picked promptly, from 7th to 15th September as the pinot noir was already at 13.5% potential alcohol, experimented with leaving a proportion of whole bunches and extended the maceration to 18-22 days.
Givry Vieilles Vignes 
£215 per case In Bond

A selection of the oldest vines of the domaine, aged in 228 litre oak barrels, of which one third are new. Rich and oaky with masses of red and black fruits. Well structured with firm, ripe tannins and excellent fresh acidity. Drink 2022-2027.

Givry 1er Cru Clos Jus
£255 per case In Bond

The richest, most opulent wine in the cellar. More black fruits than red with fantastic depth and concentration. Plenty of tannin, but more than matched by the intensity of fruit. Fine potential. Drink 2023-2029.

Minimum order 1 case. Wines from Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot are offered as cases of 6x75cl, all others as cases 12 x 75cl bottles. Prices In Bond. No delivery charge for orders over £250 - otherwise delivery charged at cost. Offered subject to availability. E&OE.

The wines will be shipped shipped between Spring and late 2021. Duty and Vat will be charged at the time of delivery.

Please reply to this email if you would like to order any of these wines or give me a call on 01273 242535.

Karl Elwood