Burgundy 2019 en primeur

A vintage like no other

Normally, the wine trade descends on Burgundy each October to taste the new vintage. This year, the cellars were quieter than normal, as many couldn’t make it out to the region. But our trip – squeezed in between national lockdowns both here and there – was worth every day of the 14-day quarantine. 

The 2019 vintage is consistently impressive. The year’s warm, dry conditions produced concentrated wines with amazing freshness. 

The whites have an extra level of intensity, yet retain a classic profile, while the reds display perfect ripeness and seamless tannins. Most importantly, wines of both colours have wonderful acidity that keeps them moreish and fresh, with no sign of jammy or over-ripe flavours. 

Remarkably approachable now thanks to their impeccable balance, it’s clear both whites and reds have a long future ahead of them. It’s bitter-sweet for the region’s growers, however, with yields down by as much as 50% at some addresses.  


Power and concentration with the region’s trademark minerality

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The whites

Generous yet balanced wines with poise and potential

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The reds

Seamless, succulent, age-worthy reds that speak of their terroir

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Our full report

Everything you need to know about Burgundy 2019

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Our favourites

Our pick of the year’s crop – from Bourgogne Blanc to the Grands Crus

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On the ground

Why getting into the vineyards and cellars matters – especially in Burgundy

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How en primeur works

Essentially wine “futures”: here’s everything you need to know about buying en primeur

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