Burgundy En-Primeur 2018
The glory of the vintage is the freshness, coolness and bright acidities that have been retained despite the power and concentration of fruit. These are far from over-ripe or New World style Pinots and Chardonnays, they are merely top quality and intense, classic Burgundies.– James Handford
Plenty of rain in the early months of the year filled the soils in readiness for a near perfect season. Drier months of May and June brought no great heat wave, nor any hail storm. Conditions for flowering were superb with many reporting the fruit set within 3 days of flowering.
In 2018 it’s so good everywhere. Highlights include the sheer joy in Cotes de Beaune after such a plentiful year without hail (7 years in the last 12 in Volnay!). The whites tended to be that bit more immaculate coming from cooler and higher vineyards. Reds from the little villages up the hill (Monthelie, Maranges, Auxey Duresses) are tremendous value. In the Cotes de Nuits there are some magical reds.