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2020 VINTAGE

Browse the C&B Burgundy Hub for our tasting notes, producer background and videos, all of which will be updated as ‘Burgundy season’ progresses.

burgundy en primeur wine

We love this time of year, when Burgundy season gets underway – and more than ever with such a mouth-wateringly exciting vintage on our hands.

2020 is the last in a high-class trilogy of Burgundy vintages and is arguably the pick of the bunch. In four words, it is poised, fresh, tactile and effortless. A vintage to buy, both for early drinking and for long-term cellaring.

You can place your orders in the usual way by contacting your sales rep or use the team contact details at the bottom of the page. The offer opens on Tuesday 11th January.

Contact us to place your order: [email protected] | 020 7265 2430

BURGUNDY REGIONS

Chablis wine

CHABLIS

Located some 100 miles north of the Côte d’Or, Chablis sits apart from the rest of Burgundy, separated from the Côte d’Or by the Morvan Mountains. Geologically, it shares characteristics with the Loire and Champagne.

Historically, the region benefited from its proximity to Paris and being able to transport wines by river to the capital. The advent of the railways had the opposite effect as more regions, with cheaper wines, became accessible.

Chablis’ marginal location and fossil-rich soils lie at the heart of its quintessential flinty mineral style.

cote de nuits wine

CÔTE DE NUITS

The Côte de Nuits forms the northern half of the Côte d’Or, running from the outskirts of Dijon, through seven famous communes, to the villages of Prémeaux and Corgoloin, south of Nuits-Saint-Georges.

The region is around 20 kilometres long and between 200 and 800 metres wide. It covers 3,600 hectares. Driving south from Dijon, looking to the right, you will see slopes adorned with vineyards, broken up periodically by barren, rocky outcrops and, at its southern end, limestone quarries.

The Côte de Nuits, with few exceptions, is red wine country. It is, quite simply, home to some of the greatest Pinot Noirs in the world.

cote de beaune wine

CÔTE DE BEAUNE

The Côte de Beaune is almost twice the size of the Côte de Nuits, with around 6,000 hectares under vine. Whereas the Côte de Nuits is an elongated strip of east-facing slopes, the gradient rising steeply into the hills above, the Côte de Beaune has several side valleys, making it a broader shape on a map.

Travelling north to south, the Côte de Beaune makes a dramatic entrance just before the city of Beaune itself, with the iconic Hill of Corton. This southern region is the more rugged and picturesque half of the Côte d’Or, feeling like proper countryside. The appellation covers both white and red wines.

cote chalonnaise wine

CÔTE CHALONNAISE

The Côte Chalonnaise is an undulating landscape to the south of the Côte de Beaune, stretching from Bouzeron to Montagny. The soils are similar to the Côte de Beaune: a mixture of limestone, gravel and clay. Although further south and therefore enjoying fractionally more sunshine, it is actually more exposed than the Côte d’Or. Five villages stand out: Givry, Montagny, Mercurey, Rully and Bouzeron.

maconnais wine

MÂCONNAIS

Mâcon lies 45 minutes by autoroute to the south of Chalon-sur-Saône. It is closer to Lyon than Beaune. For a style of wine sometimes confused with Chablis, it is worth noting that there are 219 kilometres between the two towns, making for real differences in climate.

The quality hierarchy in the Mâconnais starts with generic Mâcon, which may be red or white. Mâcon-Villages is a step up, applying to white wines only. The top status, again for white wines only, is conferred on the 26 communes who can use their village name after Mâcon.

beaujolais wine

BEAUJOLAIS

Beaujolais and the world of Gamay are thriving, with quality-focused producers and friendlier price tags than in the Côte d’Or. Move over Beaujolais Nouveau!

Our two Beaujolais producers are a Moulin-à-Vent family, the Labruyères, who now also own Domaine Jacques Prieur in Meursault and a Volnay family, the Lafarges, whose holdings now stretch to Fleurie.

The Beaujolais crus have benefitted from the arrival of established Burgundian producers and know-how. Just as the Labruyères stress that they make Moulin-à-Vent rather than Beaujolais, for the Lafarges, Fleurie and Chiroubles are very much centre-stage.

Will Hargrove on Burgundy 2020

Discover more about the Burgundy 2020 from our Head of Fine Wine

Vintage Report

Read Guy Seddon's latest Vintage Report

burgundy wine vintage report

The wines of Burgundy are en pleine forme. The spotlight is shining brightly on the region, which in 2020 might just have given the performance of a lifetime.

2020 is the first vintage since 2015 to be equally strong for reds and whites. It was a year in which nearly everything went right in the vineyards, from Chablis to the Mâconnais, and beyond to Beaujolais. Which is ironic, as growers were unable to escape to the beach, due to le confinement Covid.

In four adjectives? 2020 is poised, fresh, tactile and effortless. A vintage to buy, for early drinking and for cellaring alike. Please click through to our full vintage report below.

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