We have pulled two more samples out to re-taste from the 2019 Burgundy En Primeur campaign, more very selfless product testing.
2019 Côte-de-Nuits Villages, Domaine Fornerol
Here’s what I noted in early December:
‘Dense, sweet spicy red fruit is balanced by supple dark tannins, and the wine has an elegant, lifted quality as it approaches the long rich finish.’
Like so many 2019s, this Côte-de-Nuits is settling down after over a year in cask. The fruit is dense and rich, and the freshness is more pronounced than in early December. Ripe raspberry fruit is underpinned by smooth dark tannins, and there is a hint of stony mineral on the long finish. If you can find a better Nuits-Saint-Georges at the price I will eat my beret.
Rated VGV from Jancis Robinson.
2019 Gevrey-Chambertin, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Geantet-Pansiot
‘Ripe generous black fruit is held in check by structured elegant tannins, and there is a long fresh juicy finish.’
Geantet wines have the advantage of being approachable young, which can give the mistaken impression that they do not age. Not so. They remain vibrant and balanced throughout their long lives. This is a northern Gevrey: powerful, rich and bloody, with the density that only old vines can give. But those old vines are more settled and less sensitive to the extremes of weather, and one of the effects in the ripe 2019 vintage is that alcohol levels are moderate.
£270 per case of 6 bottles | £276 per case of 3 magnums