2012 Burgundy en primeur


Purity and rarity

You'll want 2012 Burgundy of both colours in your cellar and not just because - as one of the smallest harvests in recent years - it's immensely collectable. On our visits we found the wines - both red and white - to have great energy, finesse and complexity. In a word, they were delicious. Many domaines have made wonderful wines; indeed, Etienne Grivot considers them the best he has ever made. Obviously the wines aren't finished yet, so drinking dates are dangerous speculation, but they all have aromatic depth and intensity and a sense that they aren't revealing everything at this early stage. This is another terroir year, so the differences between village and vineyard are clear, perhaps because of those low yields.

In 2012 all the damage was done in the first half of the year. Deep frosts culled buds in February and there was disease pressure as well as unsettled weather before and during flowering. However, July, August and September all saw lovely weather with some of the surviving fruit suffering the indignity of sunburn. Success was achieved by constant and unrelenting work in the vineyard and minutely observed winemaking. Those tiny, thick-skinned berries had to be treated gently to give their fruit without too much of the massive available tannins.

The new vagaries of climate and weather combined seem to affect Burgundy disproportionately. While some weather stats continue to hold good, the unpredictability and ferocity is increasing. Over the last four years growers across the region have lost on average fully one quarter of what they would normally expect to produce - in other words, the equivalent of an entire vintage - and in some locations they are down to half. Add to this the fact that Burgundy is possibly the most fashionable wine region as well as one of the smallest and we have a collision between the onrushing train of massive demand meeting the immovable buffers of diminishing supply. Hurrah. /CW

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Vintage Description Cs sz Bt Sz Cs ib
2012 young Comte Armand Auxey Rouge Premier Cru
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6x 75cl £150.00 Buy
2012 young Comte Armand Volnay
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6x 75cl £165.00 Buy
2012 young Arlaud Morey-St-Denis
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6x 75cl £175.00 Buy
2012 drink or keep Jean-Marc Boillot Rully Meix Cadot
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6x 75cl £90.00 Buy
2012 ready Clos des Rocs Macon-Loche
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12x 75cl £96.00 Buy
2012 ready Clos des Rocs Pouilly-Fuisse Pierrotes
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12x 75cl £160.00 Buy
2012 ready Clos des Rocs Pouilly-Loche En Chantone
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12x 75cl £160.00 Buy
2012 drink or keep Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet
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12x 75cl £260.00 Buy
2012 drink or keep Philippe Colin Chassagne Chaumees
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6x 75cl £200.00 Buy
2012 young Philippe Colin Chassagne Vergers
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6x 75cl £200.00 Buy
2012 young Philippe Colin Chassagne Chenevottes
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6x 75cl £200.00 Buy
2012 drink or keep Marc Colin St-Aubin Montceau
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12x 75cl £240.00 Buy
2012 drink or keep Marc Colin St-Aubin En Remilly
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12x 75cl £240.00 Buy
2012 drink or keep Marc Colin St-Aubin Fontenotte
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12x 75cl £165.00 Buy
2012 young Marc Colin St-Aubin Sous le Roche Dumay
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12x 75cl £150.00 Buy
2012 young Dujac Fils et Pere Chambolle-Musigny
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12x 75cl £290.00 Buy
2012 young Dujac Fils et Pere Gevrey-Chambertin
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12x 75cl £290.00 Buy
2012 young Dujac Fils et Pere Morey-St-Denis
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12x 75cl £290.00 Buy
2012 young Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos Mouches Rouge
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6x 75cl £300.00 Buy
2012 young Joseph Drouhin Chassagne Laguiche
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6x 75cl £300.00 Buy
2012 young Joseph Drouhin Charmes-Chambertin
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6x 75cl £660.00 Buy
2012 young Joseph Drouhin Volnay Santenots
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6x 75cl £275.00 Buy
2012 young Joseph Drouhin Clos Vougeot
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6x 75cl £750.00 Buy
2012 young Vincent Dureuil-Janthial Bourgogne Rouge
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12x 75cl £110.00 Buy
2012 drink or keep Vincent Dureuil-Janthial Bourgogne Blanc
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12x 75cl £120.00 Buy

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