A 2019 Burgundy Grab Bag

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The rumblings were there even last year, during the Zooms that stood in for trips to France to meet with growers and taste the wines that were to come. They all said the same thing - the 2018s were extremely high-quality and some were outstanding. But the wines to follow were going to be a whole other animal. 2019 was going to be one to remember in Burgundy.

So far, the wines have lived up to the hype! The combination of full, juicy fruit, soaring aromatics and bounding acidity is intoxicating. It is almost disconcerting, as it is clear that these wines will age beautifully but it's going to be a challenge to not drink them. Every bottle we have opened in the shop has disappeared in short order and in a couple of instances a second one was required just to make sure... Most of the wines on offer today are ready to drink but will certainly reward some time in the cellar. All of them come from producers we have supported for years - a short profile of each one is included below.

Domaine Berthaut Gerbet: Though she only took over the family estate in 2013 (at the venerable age of 25!), Amélie Berthaut is already well on her way to Burgundy stardom. The core of the domaine is a series of Fixins but there are also some small choice parcels in Vosne, Gevrey and Vougeot. The overall style here emphasizes snappy red fruit and buoyancy. The vines are well-tended at this address by her partner Nicolas Faure, who cut his teeth at Romanée-Conti and Chave and now has a very small domaine making some terrific wines himself.

Domaine Jean Philippe Fichet: Fichet is a real staff favorite here. For many years now, he has produced some of the most electric and mineral-laden Meursaults in the village and without any 1er Cru holdings. He has made his reputation instead on a range of village parcels that year after year go toe to toe with pretty much any other set in town. The farming is impeccable and even his regional level wines are magnificent. Furthermore, he can use the support at the moment, as his winery was destroyed by fire this past spring (the wines in barrel survived).

Domaine Pierre Duroché: Like Berthaut-Gerbet, Pierre Duroché's star has risen fast. Based in Gevrey with holdings from village level up to Grand Crus Charmes and Latricieres, Pierre has acquired a reputation for focused wines unencumbered by too much new oak. He farms organically, de-stems all but a fraction of the fruit and the result are wines full of pure red fruit and mineral spine. These are not to be missed.

 

**Everything listed here today is in stock,unless otherwise indicated.**

Berthaut-Gerbet 2019 Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Nuit

 From a parcel of 60-year old vines called Concoeur  on the plateau between Nuits and Vosne. The fruit is completely destemmed and the wine spends fourteen months in foudres. This was another after-work special that we could not get enough of. It jumped from the glass, with perfect summer raspberry-like fruit in the nose and on the palate. The increasing intensity of the fruit was balanced with a pronounced spiciness (think Five-Spice) and a touch of hoisin, with pointed crystalline acid driving the wine home. This is truly lovely for the level. Sam Ehrlich

** 13 in stock today. 24 bottles arrive Monday 8/9**

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $37.99

Berthaut-Gerbet 2019 Fixin

In many ways, this is the flagship wine of the Berthaut-Gerbet estate. Sourced from 4 different parcels spread over a variety of soil types, from red clay to sand and marl and some much thinner silt over limestone. The vines are between thirty and forty years old. Year after year, this is a great example of everything that makes Amelie's wines special. ** Wine arrives Tuesday 8/10**

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $54.99

Fichet 2019 Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc

Do not be fooled by the humble appellation - this is outrageously good. The nose crackles with lemon pith and toasted sesame seeds and on the palate it has great presence and weight. The bright fruit sways somewhere between citrus and crisp apricot and there is terrific mineral intensity. Honestly, my colleagues and I would never have thought this was Hautes-Cotes if we didn't already know. We put the whole thing down in about twenty five minutes and were clamoring for more. Sam Ehrlich

** Arrives Thursday 8/13**

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic

Fichet 2019 Meursault

From 3 parcels, including the estimable Limousin. **Arrives Thursday 8/13**

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic

Pierre & Marianne Duroché 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin

Pierre Duroché  is rapidly becoming an A-list address in Gevrey-Chambertin. Not only does he have terrific holdings but the wines are a model of understatement - carefully farmed and made without any bells and whistles. These Gevrey vines came to him from his wife Marianne's family. The fruit is completely de-stemmed, fermented with natural yeasts and aged in no more than fifteen percent new oak.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $79.99

  • Organic

Duroché 2019 Gevrey Chambertin Champs

This is a brilliantly placed parcel of village Gevrey, high on the slope abutting Brochon at the very north edge of Gevrey. The vines are fifty years old and planted over limestone and sandy marl.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic