Burgundy En Primeur 2017: feast after the famine

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A day before the 2017 Burgundy En Primeur release, Berry Bros. & Rudd buyer Adam Bruntlett shares his thoughts on the latest vintage: “This is the vintage everyone has been waiting for. After years of famine, 2017 is, if not quite a feast, a very good meal that will keep hunger at bay. It is not an exaggeration to say that another short crop would have put the final nail in the coffin for a number of domaines.”

Adam goes on to add: “In most of Burgundy, grapes were plentiful, and our quality-focused vignerons displayed good vineyard management, pruning their vines short in the spring, de-budding and carrying out green harvest to keep yields in check and ensure quality wines. Although Chablis was hit hard by frost in April and hail struck Morey-St Denis and the Beaujolais, 2017’s growing conditions were not as challenging as in 2016, and the perfectly healthy fruit has given some beautifully pure wines.”

This bumper year has also led to Berry Bros. & Rudd working with new producers.

“As well as the familiar names, we are thrilled to introduce several new growers, including François Bitouzet-Prieur, who is making elegant and classically-styled Volnay and Meursault, and Domaine Comtesse de Chérisey, based in Blagny.”

Whilst the quality of all the wines is very good, the 2017 white wines have been tipped to be particularly fine and have been noted as one of the best vintages in the last 15 years. The reds have balance and transparency and will be good to drink when young and also offer good medium-term ageing potential. Similarities have been drawn to the 2000 vintage.

Wines from over 100 domaines will be available to buy from Berry Bros. & Rudd from 9am on Thursday 3 January.