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Henri Jayer - Burgundy's most collectable wine
Henri Jayer’s career in wine started when he began looking after the Camuzet’s vineyards during the Second World War. He is most famously associated with the production of Vosne Romanee 1er cru “Cros Parentoux”,  a vineyard which, at the time he took over, was largely a neglected vineyard site sitting above the Grand Cru site of Richebourg. With very thin ...
ON June 28, 2018
Domaine Michel Gaunoux: Burgundy's Best Kept Secret
It has taken FINE+RARE many years to build a relationship with Domaine Michel Gaunoux but it has been well worth the effort, as the wines are spectacularly good. Deep and rich in style, they are textbook examples of red Burgundy - in terms of balance, concentration and finesse they are rivalled by very few in the Cote. They capture the ...
ON July 25, 2018
Burgundy’s Oldest Clos Vineyard - Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru – A vertical tasting
A Vertical tasting of Louis Jadot's Chambertin Clos de Beze with Head Winemaker Frederic Barnier and The Wine Advocate's William Kelley. Louis Jadot is arguably the most consistent negociant house in Burgundy. A company that has managed to straddle both the entry level and fine wine market, whilst retaining respect in both. At entry level, they offer tremendous consistency at a ...
ON November 2, 2018
Jasper Morris MW (Inside Burgundy) provides an early insight to the Burgundy 2018 Vintage
We tend to focus on the weather conditions in the lead-up to the harvest and while the grapes are being picked, but a key factor in defining how the 2018 crop turned out was the winter before, which was grim and excessively rainy. This proved to be a blessing however during the drought months of high summer which followed. The ...
ON October 18, 2019
24 Hours in... Burgundy
With the Burgundy 2018 En Primeur sales in full swing we thought it topical to offer our top tips for visiting the region. With two native Burgundians in our buying team, who better than them to outline the local delicacies not to miss, the top wine lists and the best restaurants in the region. Top Special Occasion Restaurant – Lameloise (3* ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON December 12, 2019
The Burgundy Icons
With so many producers operating in Burgundy, it is very difficult to provide a definitive account of all the iconic growers in the region. We have identified domaines that are icons of their communes based on the consistency and quality of the wines they produce, along with being benchmark examples within the region they come from. We also look at ...
ON August 30, 2019
Tortochot: Burgundy "on the upswing"
With 2014 Burgundy En Primeur in full swing, we take a look at Domaine Tortochot – a Burgundian gem that offers stunning wines and excellent value for money. Quality & Value Tortochot’s wines have been a firm favourite with FINE+RARE customers for some time now. The domain crafts wines in a rich and serious style that offer some of the ...
ON February 2, 2016
Burgundy 2017 - In Review
“there are some quite brilliant whites that, many growers are beginning to opine, equal or even surpass the haloed 2014s…The 2017 reds are very good, often excellent, and from time to time, bloody awesome.” Neal Martin, Vinous “a delicious vintage for white Burgundy…there is no sense of dilution and for the most part the wines show optimum ripeness.” Jasper Morris, ...
ON January 11, 2019
2010 Burgundy Vintage Report
Simon Davies, Head of Marketing at FINE+RARE, shares his thoughts on the 2010 Burgundy vintage following his trip to the region last week. The Vintage A week of tasting close to 300 wines across 19 different domains from Gevrey in the north of the Côte de Nuits to Givry in the Côte Chalonnaise has given me a very clear picture ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON November 8, 2011
2011 Burgundy Vintage Report
Bud Cuchet, Camilla Bowler and I spent a hectic week in Burgundy at the beginning of December. The mission was twofold: firstly, to establish the quality of the 2011 vintage, much of which will be offered in January and secondly to sniff out some quality producers. We returned rather pleased on both counts. The vintage The 2011 growing season in ...
ON December 19, 2012
Burgundy 2012: A Progress Report
When we visited Burgundy in July last year, we met a lot of rather stressed vignerons. Spring and early summer in 2012 were extremely challenging: wet weather and humidity meant that the vines needed constant attention to keep diseases in check. Dramatic hailstorms at the end of June not only destroyed part of the crop, but also made for yet ...
ON July 11, 2013
Burgundy 2012: A Brief Report
Our Fine Wine Buyer Camilla Bowler, Head of Private Client Sales Patrick O’Connor and I visited Burgundy earlier this month to taste the 2012 vintage. A few of these wines are already available for sale and we will see most of the wines released over the coming two months. We have more direct relationships in Burgundy than ever before and ...
ON January 15, 2014
BURGUNDY 2014 VINTAGE PREVIEW
Last week Jessica Bryans and a few of the private client sales team went to Burgundy to take a first look at the 2014 vintage, and were also treated to a very early glimpse of 2015. Our arrival was met with rain, ominous dark clouds and a lightning storm. Not the most auspicious of welcomes, but despite the skies, Burgundian producers ...
ON October 2, 2015
Burgundy 2014 - Vintage Report
Jessica Bryans, fine wine buyer at FINE+RARE, shares her thoughts on the 2014 Burgundy vintage following her recent trip to the region. Read on for vintage analysis, wines to watch and the inside look at what the Burgundians are saying themselves... Region: Burgundy Vintage: 2014 In Summary: Burgundy 2014 delivered charming wines that are quintessentially Burgundian. The whites are of ...
ON December 4, 2015
Henri Boillot on Burgundy 2018
The Vintage Henri Boillot is widely seen as the top micro-negociant for the production of the Cote d’Or’s finest white wines, including Le Montrachet. He abhors heavy whites therefore expect the style of his white wines to be lean, precise and razor-sharp. His red wine profile however is notably different. Whilst he believes acidity and tension are vital for ...
ON October 3, 2019
Andrew Jefford - Burgundy 2018
Thanks to Andrew Jefford for sharing his Vintage overview first published on the Wine Scholar Guild website. Andrew (similarly to many wine makers we have spoken to) believes the Cote de Beaune white wines are outstanding in 2018 (4.5 vintage) and almost as good as the universally praised red wines throughout the Cote d'Or (5 vintage). Chablis After a ...
ON October 25, 2019
Olivier Bernstein's Bespoke Burgundy
Undoubtedly one of our most memorable stops during our Autumn visit to Burgundy this year was the magnificent cellar of Olivier Bernstein in the heart of the old district of Beaune. Olivier Bernstein’s property is breathtaking, even before trying the wines in the cellar below. Olivier had the property completely renovated between 2005 and 2010, with the help of ...
ON November 26, 2019
Six iconic Burgundy wines
1. 2012 Romanee Conti Domaine De La Romanee Conti Average Score: 99pts Neal Martin (99 pts) - Usually, choosing between La Tache and Romanee-Conti is like choosing between your two favourite children. Not this year. The 2012 Romanee-Conti is one of the most spellbinding that I have tasted since I began 17 years ago. The bouquet is quite astonishing with ...
ON August 30, 2019
2018 Red Burgundy Review
The 2018 vintage is undoubtedly a hedonistic vintage  – with a rich, opulent, ripe fruit profile and a wonderful concentration that will provide huge amounts of drinking pleasure. But it is also a heterogeneous vintage. This was already apparent during the harvest, with some pickers starting as early as mid-August and others waiting until mid-September. Given how warm it was ...
ON November 22, 2019
White Burgundy 2018 Review
"We don't need to be a great expert to know that this is an exceptional vintage, for both red and white wines.” Aubert de Villaine (Domaine Romanee-Conti) The hallmark of the 2018 vintage was brightness, with remarkable levels of sunshine from April right through to September. Budburst and canopy growth happened at normal times and the settled weather meant ...
ON September 17, 2019
Burgundy Experts at FINE+RARE
Burgundy 2014 En Primeur has arrived: view our unparalleled range here. FINE+RARE predict that the 2014 vintage release will be hard fought over with Decanter Magazine stating that it is "poised to be another roaring success." Burgundy 2014 En Primeur Like any investment, buying wine En Primeur carries an element of risk; the wine has not yet been finished and ...
ON December 21, 2015
2010 Burgundy: A few early thoughts
Simon Davies, Head of Marketing at FINE+RARE, shares his musings on 2010 Burgundy post his trip to Domaine Chanson. I was in Beaune yesterday tasting a range of 2010s at Domaine Chanson (the estate owned by Bollinger). While it’s all still fresh in my mind I thought I would share some thoughts. The 2010 Burgundy vintage is very high quality ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON September 23, 2011
A Telling Trip to Burgundy - The 2012 Vintage
The 2012 Burgundy vintage has been on the lips of the trade since it was harvested. High quality, low quantity is what we have all been hearing. A flying trip to the region earlier this week gave us an opportunity to find out. Whilst judging wines from barrel is rarely an exact science, it is crystal clear that the quality ...
ON September 10, 2013
FINE+RARE: The 2013 Burgundy Report
We visited Burgundy early in November and spent a week extensively tasting the 2013 Burgundy vintage. These wines are just starting to appear on to the market and we will see most of the wines released over the next couple of months. Burgundy is changing. 2013 is the fourth short crop in a row for the Burgundians, and some growers, ...
ON December 1, 2014
Burgundy 2014 - Remoissenet, The Old and the New
Further coverage from the Burgundy 2014 vintage at FINE+RARE. James Matthias reports back from the cellars at Remoissenet Père et Fils, where he discovers time capsules of Burgundian history...  A visit to the 14thcentury cellars of Remoissenet reveals gems from Burgundy’s past… Our recent trip to Burgundy gave us the chance to visit one of our favourite domaines, that ...
ON October 6, 2015
Winehog's Early Impressions on the Burgundy 2018s
F+R: How good is 2018 as a vintage – does it live up to the hype? Steen Ohman: 2018 was a hot year – compared by some to 1947. But despite the warm conditions, the quality of the wines on average seems to be very fine, hence living up to some of the vintage’s initial hype. The 2018 vintage is, ...
ON October 3, 2019
Burgundy 2018 - What The Critics Are Saying
William Kelley, Wine Advocate F+R: After tasting in Burgundy and Champagne consistently over the last couple of years, what do you feel has been the most important developments in each of the regions in that time? William Kelley: I think that Burgundians are getting used to handling warm fruit. If you're not used to making wine from warm grapes, it's easy ...
ON October 30, 2019
F+R Early Insight into the 2018 Burgundy Vintage
F+R were in Burgundy this week for the first tastings of the 2018 vintage and we were thrilled by what we tasted. There is plenty of excitement from the producers we visited with praise for the vintage being universal, 2018 is without doubt an exceptional vintage. Many of the producers we visited are already comparing it to previous stellar vintages ...
ON July 19, 2019
Potinet-Ampeau: Spellbinding Aged Burgundy
A tip from a top industry insider led us to the late-released wines of Domaine Potinet-Ampeau... A special Burgundy tasting: Domaine Potinet-Ampeau. Last week the team at FINE+RARE had the pleasure of sampling a flight of Burgundies from Domaine Potinet-Ampeau. It was a great tasting, not the usual range of young wines from the latest vintage as is the norm, these ...
ON May 9, 2016
Burgundy 2015 En Primeur: Early Opinions
Find out what the critics are saying about Burgundy 2015 En Primeur and what the knock-on effects of 2016's poor weather are likely to be... Burgundy 2015 Vintage Early opinions suggest that 2015 Burgundy will be something very special with some critics comparing it to the 2005 vintage that Wine Advocate classed as "extraordinary" for reds... “Low yields and warm ...
ON September 29, 2016
2015 Burgundy En Primeur: Key Trends
2015 Burgundy En Primeur has now been in full swing for nearly three months and it has proved to be a bigger and better campaign than ever before. This is perhaps no surprise, given how well the 2015 wines have been received by the critics. Neal Martin wrote “make no mistake, 2015 Burgundy is a great vintage” and Jancis Robinson ...
ON January 19, 2017
Burgundy 2016 En Primeur: Early Opinions
According to Burgundy expert Steen Öhman “the 2016 vintage is a blank new page waiting to be explored, consumed and enjoyed.” And as the 2016 Burgundy En Primeur campaign fast approaches, it’s time to put pen to that blank page... A Classic Vintage? Despite devastating frosts and hail experienced by many parts of the Burgundy region in 2016, all is ...
ON September 8, 2017
Burgundy 2017 Early Vintage Insight
Burgundy 2017 - At A Glance: First ‘normal’ sized harvest since 2009 – the cellars are full for the first time in nearly a decade Dry, early harvest with no hail or frost damage Enthusiasm is building for the reds: Roumier compares these to the 2007 and 2014 vintages; Drouhin compares them to 2002 In the Cote d’Or, whites have ...
ON July 25, 2018
The 2007 Red Burgundies
A couple of times a year, a group of a dozen or so of very knowledgeable and very experienced tasters get together to open, taste and share some Burgundy.  Serious Burgundy.  It’s an opportunity to discuss a vintage or two with like-minded connoisseurs and, of course, to enjoy food, wine and generally wine-related discourse.  It is a group that I ...
ON May 20, 2015
Top Under-the-Radar Single Plots in Burgundy
For all of us Burgundy obsessives the individual plots conjure up a magical sense of variety in Burgundy. The Grand Crus and even the top Premier Cru wines provide such unique personalities, aficionados can’t help but get attached to particular sites whose terroir speaks directly to them. Whilst there are many great single vineyard sites throughout the Cote d’Or we ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON December 12, 2019
Why good value Burgundy still exists
With Burgundy 2014 En Primeur proving extremely popular, Camilla Bowler explains that bargains are still to be had - if you're willing to search.  As long as you have a fair amount of money, plenty of time on your hands and sufficient patience, it is easy to buy good Burgundy. Follow the famous producers, build up your allocations, buy en primeur, ...
ON January 15, 2016
2015 Burgundy: According to Winehog's Steen Öhman
Winehog's Steen Öhman is fast becoming one of the world's leading and most respected Burgundy experts. FINE+RARE have interviewed him to bring you his views on 2015 Burgundy... As the man behind Winehog, Steen Öhman's opinions, tasting notes, detailed maps and in depth knowledge of Burgundy's intricate terroir are invaluable tools to the serious Burgundy collector. That's why FINE+RARE asked ...
ON November 23, 2016
Burgundy 2016: According to Winehog’s Steen Öhman
FINE+RARE interviewed Winehog’s Steen Öhman - one of the world’s leading and most respected Burgundy experts - to bring you his take on Burgundy 2016… Winehog, with its tasting notes, detailed maps and incredible insight into Burgundy’s intricate terroir, is invaluable to any serious Burgundy collector. So we've asked Steen Öhman, the man behind the website, for his take on ...
ON November 20, 2017
The Best Places to Eat in Burgundy – According to Local Winemakers
Whilst Burgundy is famed for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir production, it is also one of the great gastronomic regions of France, with a distinct and varied array of homespun culinary delights. The region has so much to offer, and the main town of Beaune is a magnet for wine loving tourists from all around the world. Like all popular holiday destinations ...
ON September 20, 2018
Leading Wine Critics Report on 2017 White Burgundy
As the reviews on Bugundy 2017 begin to be published, we have collated a brief summary of what the critics are saying. As the reviews roll in, we will continue to update this article, but with full reports on Chablis from Neal Martin (Vinous), William Kelley (Wine Advocate) and Nick Stock (James Suckling), as well as a Cote de Beaune ...
ON October 8, 2018
A sneak peak at 2011 Burgundy (and a bit about 2012 too)
July ought not to be a great time to taste a new vintage from Burgundy. Nine months after harvest the wines are still very young – there is a reason why it’s not until November time, when the wines have had a bit longer to settle down in barrel, that the majority of the wine trade decamps to the Cote ...
ON July 27, 2012
Burgundy 2018 EP Round-Up - F+R's Top 2018 White Wines
With all the wines now released and practically every major critic's review published, we reflect on some of the real gems in the vintage from the Cote de Beaune. Perhaps the biggest surprise about tasting the wines now in bottle was just how well the whites performed. Whilst there was plenty of hype and expectation for the reds long ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON February 21, 2020
The True Stars of Burgundy - according to William Kelley | The Wine Advocate
*FINE + RARE Interview: The Wine Advocate's new Burgundy reviewer William Kelley talks to FINE + RARE about how to navigate Burgundy, identifying underappreciated producers, being honest when even the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti produces disappointing wines, and how a journey that began in Bordeaux led him to Burgundy.* Whilst we await William's first reviews for The Wine Advocate, you can read his predecessor's take ...
ON January 5, 2018
Beyond Burgundy: Europe's Other Fine Wine Region for Pinot Noir
F+R have sourced a parcel of some of the finest Pinot Noirs coming out of Germany, a diverse region that is today arguably producing the most exciting Pinot Noirs in Europe, outside of Burgundy. Top examples are world class and offer both similarities and important differences to the Cote d’Or. We arranged a tasting of some of the ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON February 5, 2020
Winehog's Steen Öhman shares his Burgundy 2017 Vintage Report
In anticipation of the imminent Burgundy 2017s hitting the market, the F+R team have been eager to get first impressions of the vintage from some of the world’s leading experts on the region. In a series of interviews with producers and critics alike, we caught up with Winehog’s Steen Öhman**, to find out his thoughts and what to expect with ...
ON September 26, 2018
The Wine Advocate's William Kelley shares his Burgundy 2018 Early Insight
F+R: After tasting in Burgundy and Champagne consistently over the last couple of years, what do you feel has been the most important developments in each of the regions in that time? William Kelley: I think that Burgundians are getting used to handling warm fruit. If you're not used to making wine from warm grapes, it's easy for things to go ...
ON November 1, 2019
The Wine Advocate's William Kelley Shares his Burgundy 2017 Early Insights
In anticipation of the imminent Burgundy 2017s hitting the market, the F+R team have been eager to get first impressions of the vintage from some of the world's leading experts on the region. In a series of interviews with producers and critics alike, we caught up with the Wine Advocate's Burgundy reviewer William Kelley, after his recent visit to the ...
ON September 20, 2018
Vintage Report - 2017 Red Burgundies: tension, verve and terroir transparency
Generally speaking, 2017 is a vintage that, for once, all went to plan in Burgundy. Not since 2009 have so many winemakers been so happy with both their quantity and quality. It has been a difficult few years and it is genuinely a pleasant sight to see the cellars full again after so many years of heartache. I say generally, ...
ON November 23, 2018
David Duband: A Rising Star of the Côte d'Or
David Duband is a producer we have been following with avid interest over the last few years. A firm favourite among the F+R team, we were delighted to welcome him to our London HQ last week to taste through his fantastic range of Burgundies from some of the finest Premier and Grand Cru sites on the Côte d'Or. David’s modern ...
ON February 15, 2019
1929 and all that.....
In November Bud Cuchet and I were invited to a rather special dinner at a rather special place.  The venue: the fantastic offices of Remoissenet.  The host: Bernard Repolt, one of Burgundy’s most generous hosts and a man who has forgotten more about Burgundy than most of us will ever hope to know.  The theme: 1929 Le Musigny. Remoissenet is ...
ON December 18, 2014

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