2018 Big News in Burgundy
A reported ‘21% increase in production in 2018 versus last year’ in Burgundy and Beaujolais is being welcomed with open arms by Majestic’s loyal customer base.
After half a decade of below-par harvests, supplies and prices have been squeezed across the French region – with signs that many customers have taken the option to look elsewhere for Chardonnay in particular.
However – as Tim Atkin MW reported in Decanter this year – there are signs that 2018 could be the tonic the region’s suppliers and customers need, with some going so far as to draw comparisons to the legendary 1947 vintage. 2018 was certainly the hottest year in Burgundy for 15 years – as well as the one of the driest ever.
With the spectre of climate change hanging over all of Northern Europe’s wine producers, the extra production is, at least, being greeted warmly by consumers. Majestic, who has historically over indexed in the category, is seeing a welcome return to growth for the wines in 2019 – with volumes already up 5% before the busy Christmas period.
Meanwhile, a growing interest in the white wines of the Rhône have seen Majestic add to their range in this underrepresented region.
Wines to try:
Montagny 1er Cru ‘Les Millières’ Cave des Vignerons de Buxy
This Premier Cru from Burgundy’s Côte Chalonnaise region is deliciously vibrant, having been stored in stainless steel tanks that retain the freshness of ripe peach aromas and enchanting notes of acacia.
Macon Village Elodie Dupres
The wine is from a fairly new Co-op, La Compagnie de Burgondie, which was created in June 2015 by Les Caves Bailly Lapierre and Les Vignerons de Buxy. The grapes sourced for our Mâcon are from the cellar de Azé, located in the heart of Mâconnais, a very small but prestigious cellar, founded in 1927, that follows the authentic Burgundy tradition,hanks to its winemaker, Denis Charlot.