Burgundy in 2021 is a good vintage – even a very good vintage for whites. This confounds the very difficult weather conditions of a year that put extra onus on meticulous winegrowing and winemaking. The reds are aromatic and fruit-driven; the whites are fresh and concentrated.
The outlook in Burgundy vineyards was promising at the start of the year, with mild weather resulting in an early bud burst. Then came the devastating frosts of April, which culminated in the French government declaring an "agricultural disaster". The frosts even hit vineyards that would normally be spared such catastrophe. Some localities such as Givry lost their entire crop. Summer and autumn were warmer than average, but recurrent rainfall and a distinct lack of sunshine led to significant disease pressure. Hence it was a challenging growing season in which the vignerons truly had their work cut out. However, the new vintage has left us pleasantly surprised – because the results are really good.
This year is one of very low yields, ripe tannins and aromatic fruit, with wines ready to drink quite earlier than usual. The reds are aromatic and supple, while the whites are concentrated and balanced, with freshness and elegance.
Burgundy does not have a traditional en primeur week. The best-known event is the wine auction at the Hospices de Beaune, which is the world’s largest charity wine auction.
Every year, over the third weekend in November, it celebrates the “Trois Glorieuses”, or the Three Glorious Days. In the course of these festivities, wines produced from the foundation’s holdings are sold at auction. For the wine trade, the prices obtained at the auction are an indicator of the quality of a vintage.
If you are a Burgundy fan, our subscriptions offer is a unique opportunity to secure your favourite bottles and discover new wines. Order and pay now, and the wines will be delivered in autumn 2023. Waiting for these wines will of course be half the fun.
The 2021 vintage is a good year, offering some extremely rare wines that are already very approachable. Therefore, we urge you to put a couple of cases from this latest vintage in your cellar. For keen newcomers to Burgundy and curious connoisseurs, we also recommend the wines Mondovino Nouveau.
Do the appellations Hautes-Côtes de Nuits or Maranges mean anything to you? If not, you're in good company, as they are relatively unknown municipalities.
As always, we have sought out and found insider gems offering great value for money from this latest vintage. Belonging to our Mondovino Nouveau range, they offer you the opportunity to try something new. Burgundy's prestigious crus are among the world's most sought-after wines. International demand for Burgundy is spiralling, with top wines becoming even rarer and more expensive. Mondovino Nouveau is a chance for Burgundy newcomers and aficionados alike to experience Burgundy "off the beaten track" at very reasonable prices.