Tuesday, 4 February 2014

From the Tasting Room: Burgundy En Primeur 2012 - Part Two

So here we are, part two of our run through of some picks from Burgundy's 2012 vintage.

As discussed in last week's post, Burgundy's 2012 vintage really didn't start out too well due to the terrible weather destroying large swathes of grapes. However, the weather miraculously turned around mid-July and the region enjoyed some great weather - much to the relief of the suffering growers! Had it not been for the overdue sun there wouldn't be anything for us to try. Fortunately for all concerned, these samples turned up in the office and we had the pleasure of tasting them.
Compared to just about every other domaine in Burgundy (and more generally across France) Bachelet-Monnot is just a baby having been founded in 2005 by the Bachelet brothers: Marc and Alex. Don't be fooled into thinking that a domaine's provenance is the "be all and end all" for great wine...

Wine One: Domaine Bachelet-Monnot Bourgogne Blanc 

I still remember from secondary school being told by a teacher to avoid using the word 'nice' wherever possible - but I'm sorry, I'm going to have to use it here - this Bourgogne Blanc was exactly that: nice (Alex). It was restrained on the nose without any particularly over-powering flavours. Hints of lemon, pear, apple but nothing really leaping out - but not in a bad way. This gentleness doesn't always carry through on the palate, increasing here by continuing to build on those subtle characteristics with citrussy lemons, limes and a mild floral honeysuckle. 


Drink by 2021, 13% abv.
12-bottles £140 (IB)

Wine Two: Domaine Bachelet-Monnot Maranges 1er Cru La Fussière

A completely different wine to its sister Bourgogne Blanc (above) as stone fruits like peach, nectarine and some juicy apricot leap out - a fantastic bouquet; best suited to a wine but this could work commercially as an air freshener! (We imagine some people turning in their graves at that comparison but the smell really was fantastic). Thankfully these flavours definitely carried through and, paired with its vibrant acidity, it really made the mouth water. Concentrated, fresh and followed up by a mild minerally finish it's a shame there is so little due to the extremely low yields.

Drink by 2036, 13.5% abv.
12-bottles £195 (IB)


This is a new domaine for us so plenty of excitement and anticipation in getting to try some. From a picturesque setting in Vougeot, Domaine Bertagna was founded in the 1950s but is now owned by the German Günter Reh family.

Wine Three: Domaine Bertagna Vougeot 1er Cru Clos de la Perrière Monopole

Heady aromas of dark berries and already signs of savoury mushroom/meaty notes. An intense palate with further raspberry, cassis and spices that really fill the mouth. There is a lingering richness and minerality on the palate that is to be expected from a wine of this quality. If only we were drinking this sitting by a roaring fire, dining on venison or Beef Wellington!

Drink by 2033, 13.5% abv.
6-bottles  £250 (IB)


The man behind these wines, Nicolas Potel, is from one of the great Burgundy families. The amount of tradition and talent present in this man (and his wines) is astounding. Nicolas Potel's wines always receive great reviews from customers and critics alike; he's also the producer behind the Averys Burgundy range.

Wine Four: Maison Roche de Bellene Gevrey-Chambertain 1er Cru Lavaux Saint-Jacques

The most prominent smell here was a mix of steeliness and pencil shavings - flavours much more associated with Merlot. However, given a little time to open up the real class of the wine began to come through. Cherries, blackcurrants and sweet, ripe plum really shone alongside some of the minerality that was present on the nose. A rich, savoury finish (not dissimilar to the Bertagna Vougeot above) this wine is really quite good now but has so much potential for the future. 

Drink by  2021, 13% abv.
6-bottles  £240 (IB)


So there you have it, the end of our roundup on Burgundy's 2012 En Primeur offerings. A great range of styles and flavours that, considering these are the unfinished tank samples, show great promise for when they're finally ready! It's been a pleasure to taste through the wide variety available and we hope these reviews help you to pick and choose from our offerings. 

Cheers,
Alex, David and Duncan
Averys Wine Bloggers


P.S. The small print... If you're interested in buying any of our En Primeur range you need to be aware of a few things. These wines aren't actually in the country yet and are due for delivery around Autumn. The IB price listed above is the pre-VAT and Duty, in-bond, price of the wines. When the wines arrive and you are ready to have them released, that's when you need to pay the Duty and VAT. We can also keep your wines in our temperature-controlled storage unit for £9.60 per annum until you're ready. 

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