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Home Winners > Winners 2016 > FRANCE: Red Burgundy

Winner Details

FRANCE: Red Burgundy

2016 Gold: 3 Silver: 1 Bronze: 1 Commended: 1
2015 Gold: 1 Silver: 4 Bronze: 3 Commended: 6

Red Burgundy is often the troublesome rouge-bedecked sibling to its better-behaved pale-faced counterpart in this competition. And so it was again this year.

In the early stages, it’s fair to say our tasters did not feel universal love for what they were seeing – comments like ‘dilute’ and ‘overpriced’ hinted at a string of years that have clearly been more difficult for Pinot Noir than Chardonnay, and plenty of wines left in disgrace with no awards at all.

Yet at the medal-giving stages it was a rather different story. Three Golds was red Burgundy’s joint best performance in this competition and, perhaps most surprisingly of all, it achieved it with wines that were affordable and relatively youthful.

Congratulations, incidentally, to Henri de Villamont, who added to its Gold in the White Burgundy section, with a Gold and a Silver here, and to Louis Jadot, who picked up a Gold, two Silvers and a Bronze in the same two categories.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘Many of the flight tasted dilute and lacking in charm. Some of the noses showed promise, but the palates were watery and consistently so all the way through the flight.’ Jade Koch, team leader

‘I’m not that interested in selling Burgundy. I think it’s overpriced. It can be great, but I would often rather sell something else.’ Georgi Mihov, Bohemia Bar and Restaurant

‘I understand that they have to make the wines even in a bad year. But I do question the prices.’ Mya Brown, The Ledbury

Award winners

Found 6 wines

France: Burgundy, Red

Remoissenet, Meursault Rouge, 2013, Burgundy , France

Gold medal winner

Complex and concentrated, with a heady bouquet, a top-notch wine to round off the Burgundy Gold List. 'Truly classic Pinot,' began Mya Brown of The Ledbury, continuing: 'Elegant, nuanced and balanced, with mineral notes, cherries, raspberry and fresh earth tones. Lovely!' 'Bay leaf and black fruit, thick and warm with cherry on a breezy mid-palate,' added team leader Jade Koch.

£35.21 Matthew Clark

Château de Santenay, Mercurey, 2014, Burgundy , France

Gold medal winner

'Good structure for the price with velvety tannins, savoury notes, good acid and length, herbaceous and juicy fruit,' said Damon Little of Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, illustrating how Château de Santenay struck Gold. 'Complex nose with blueberries, leather and earthy notes, medium body on the palate with red cherry and soft tannins,' added Georgi Mihov of Bohemia Bar and Restaurant.

£14.40 Liberty Wines

Henri de Villamont, Prestige, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2013, Burgundy , France

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

Showing fine typicity at an inviting price, Henri de Villamont matches its white Gold with this enchanting Pinot Noir, a worthy Critics Choice, too. 'Lovely freshly picked cherries and fresh acidity,' said team leader Annette Scarfe MW, while James Hocking of The Vineyard Group agreed, adding: 'Lovely mouthfeel – bargain Burgundy!' and Mya Brown of The Ledbury said: 'Soft, raspberry and kirsch notes, delicate and lovely for this price.'

£11.25 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Henri de Villamont, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru, Les Baudes, 2010, Burgundy , France

Silver medal winner

Frédéric Jean-Yves Billet of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa found this a more complex style, showing 'confit red berries, jammy and animal notes on the nose, with black cherries on a herbaceous palate'. 'Mulberries, blackcurrants and eastern spices on a very pretty, lively and dancing palate,' added team leader Jade Koch.

£34.85 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Louis Jadot, Sous Roche, Monthélie, 2012, Burgundy , France

Bronze medal winner

'Ripe, developed and well-integrated nose, with fine-grained tannins on the palate, lots of life and room to evolve further,' said Mya Brown of The Ledbury, while Frédéric Jean-Yves Billet of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa noted 'tar, herbal, mineral and spicy notes'.

£22.06 Hatch Mansfield , Matthew Clark

Domaine Joblot , Givry 1er Cru, Les Bois Chevaux , 2014, Burgundy , France

Commended medal winner