Burgundy Odds & Ends


While it is undoubtedly thrilling to taste Burgundy’s most important and coveted wines, these days I get just as much pleasure from discovering wines from lesser appellations and producers that remain a bit under the radar. In other words, wines that the average consumer can still find and acquire without taking out a second mortgage.

Tasting from barrel at Domaine David Moreau, Santenay

This article covers a number of domaines, some better known than others, that we have not been able to fit into our larger articles for reasons of time and space. The rapid proliferation of high-quality wines and new domaines, coupled with offerings that seem to come earlier and earlier creates a challenge to be both comprehensive and timely. My only regret with this article is not being able to get it into your hands sooner. We will endeavor to do better this year.

Most of the wines in this article are 2017s. Readers who want to learn more about the growing season and vintage will want to revisit Neal Martin’s excellent article 2017 Burgundy: A Modern Classic. In general, based on these wines and those I tasted at other domaines, my impression is that the 2017 reds are mid-weight Burgundies with good structure that at times lack the depth of a truly great vintage. The best examples offer good purity and freshness in a forward style that will require minimal cellaring.

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