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Small, but Beautiful... Burgundy 2019 Vintage
Published on 2020-12-18 16:46:56

About 2019 Burgundy:

“Since the start of the 20th century, every vintage that has ended with a “9” has been wonderful. The only downside to this one is below-average volumes.” – BIVB (Bourgogne Wine Board)

“2019 is potentially a grand vintage as it has everything it needs to be so described.” – Allen Meadows

Burgundy 2019 has been described by many as unique and even a “peculiar” vintage. Despite the scorching heat and desert-like dryness in the summer (which caused severe hydric stress on the vines), the resultant wines are surprisingly full of freshness, combined with perfect ripeness.

The downside is the small quantities this vintage could offer. For example in Chablis, Mâconnais and the Côte Chalonnaise, quantities are roughly 50% of what they were in 2018. It is, to sum up, a small, but beautiful vintage.

The 2019 Growing Season, in brief:

  • A mild winter
  • A cool spring with interspersed frosts in April. Flowering was accompanied by wind, cold and rain resulting in loose bunches, small berries and lots of millerandage (or "hens and chicks," an irregular fruit set in which the berries on a grape cluster are differ in size). This affected the yields.
  • A hot and dry summer causing bloquage (the quasi-dormant state where the vines shut down their photosynthetic processes in order to conserve water).
  • The few sparse rains in August and September enabled the berries to continue to grow and ripen to perfection.
  • The ideal hot and sunny weather during harvest resulted in healthy, ripe grapes.

The Wines:

Chablis, the Mâconnais and the Côte Chalonnaise

“2019 produced ripe yet very fresh whites that are at once concentrated, powerful, serious and for the most part well-balanced.” - Allen Meadows

According to Allen Meadows, the wines are arguably the most interesting examples that have been produced since 2014 in white and 2015 in red. The whites embody “firm acid spines” and are “energetic, crisp and delineated”.

Côte d’Or

From Allen Meadows:

“I wanted to share with you my considerable excitement about the 2019 Côte de Nuits reds as they are in my view potentially the best the region has produced since 2010.”

“In my view, such wines are concentrated, balanced and expressive of their respective terroirs while possessing that certain magical “presence”… They also have a certain grace, that ineffable power without weight character that only the greatest vintages manage to consistently imbue.

From Bouchard Père & Fils:


When the wines were moved to the vats, they revealed beautiful colours, lovely dark berry flavours and excellent terroir definition; this year’s Côte de Beaune is superb. Rounded tannins, an impression of sweetness, reminiscent of the 2015 vintage, and the smooth side of the 2017 vintage... Very promising!


The colours are beautiful and golden and the bouquets expressive, with a stewed facet of dried fruit and citrus peel. The wines are full-bodied but not heavy and can be a little tight, requiring a bit of time in the vat to settle down. We are observing a slight bitterness of grapefruit, typical of 2019; and here again, we foresee a very promising vintage.

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