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Home Winners > Winners 2018 > FRANCE: Red Burgundy

Winner Details

FRANCE: Red Burgundy

2018 Gold 1        Silver 5                 Bronze 1              Commended 8
2017 Gold 3        Silver 5                 Bronze 3              Commended 2

Red Burgundy is like the rich kid with a Ferrari but no job and no qualifications. It is happy to cruise around wine lists picking up listings through reputation alone, but when asked to step up to the plate, it’s extraordinary how often it fails to deliver.

Rouges have never outscored their paler sibling and never came close to doing so again this year. There were some good wines, of course there were – as there damn well should be for these prices. But it seems oddly damning that our sole Gold went to a Gamay.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘Burgundy really carries with it the most burden of expectation, but we found good wines here, and some with lovely fruit character.’ Sarah Jane Evans MW, team leader

‘Bordeaux sales might be declining drastically, but Burgundy seems to be exploding in terms of sales, as interest in Pinot Noir from consumers is quite high. It can be an unfaithful category, with the biggest variation from one bottle to another, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that these were not only exceptional but quite consistent, too.’ Olivier Gasselin, Hakkasan

‘I was impressed to see Gamay here, although this is still a grape that needs to be discovered. But it definitely deserves to be based on this tasting, especially for those that like the biodynamic or organic style.’ Carlos Ferreira, The Don

‘I liked the sweeter, riper, more modern style that’s loved by a large number of people. At the higher prices, these were sometimes a bit awkward and angular.’ Jurijs Nemkovs, Hakkasan Mayfair

‘I always feel sorry for the Burgundian wines. They’re like pedigree Arabian horses, and have no chance to be second place, as everyone expects such good quality – especially if they go beyond the normal price points.’ Tatiana Mann, The Vine Eno Gastro Pub

Award winners

Found 15 wines

France: Burgundy, Red

Domaine de la Jobeline, Mâcon-Verzé 2016, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

This worthy Gold winner had ‘bright fruit with a farmyard note on the nose’ for consultant Charles Pashby-Taylor, who praised ‘a big amount of red cherries that give racy acidity to the palate, with flint and leafy plums, too’. Tatiana Mann of The Vine Eno Gastro Pub found a ‘touch of wildness on the nose but fresh, fruity red berry character too, some green tannins but soft on the palate with a pleasant and refreshing style’.

£11.48 Domaine de la Jobeline

Domaine Pierre Naigeon, Creux Brouillard, Gevrey-Chambertin 2015, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

While Tatiana Mann of The Vine Eno Gastro Pub found this to have a ‘low intensity aroma nose’, on the palate she described ‘depth and pleasant length with red fruit and peppery notes, and earthier tones on the finish’, and Hakkasan Mayfair’s Jurijs Nemkovs liked its ‘good red cherry and strawberry aromas, moderate acidity and ripe tannins’.

£43.08 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Philippe Bouzereau, Château de Cîteaux, Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru, Les Duresses, Rouge 2015, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

While The Social Company’s Masahito Suzuki highlighted ‘strawberry, leather and forest floor with limestone mineral and a well-balanced structure’, Hakkasan’s Olivier Gasselin enjoyed its ‘tight and gamey, savoury spiced character, very soft and supple with fleshy, bitter cherry and dark chocolate notes’.

£30.99 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Domaine de la Jobeline, 16 Ares, Mâcon-Verzé 2016, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘Elegant, with a lovely freshness on the palate,’ began team leader Annette Scarfe MW, highlighting its ‘soft, ripe red berry fruit and delicate tannins’, with Tatiana Mann of The Vine Eno Gastro Pub noting ‘pure violet and earthy notes, light body opening up in elegant style’.

£15.37 Domaine de la Jobeline

Remoissenet, Givry 2013, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘A lovely expression, floral and elegant,’ began team leader Annette Scarfe MW, noting ‘red cherry fruit and balanced tannin, would be great with food’, while Hakkasan Mayfair’s Jurijs Nemkovs found ‘lots of redcurrant and cranberry, some judicious oak use delivering a warming vanilla coating to the fruit’.

£20.75 Matthew Clark

Henri de Villamont, Chorey-lès-Beaune 2015, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

Masahito Suzuki of The Social Company found ‘raspberry fruit with a hint of red beans and moderate intensity’, while Hakkasan’s Olivier Gasselin enjoyed this wine’s ‘broad, ripe cherries, fleshy forest floor aromas, juicy and forward palate showing dark cherries in brandy, savoury and juicy on the finish’.

£19.22 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Henri de Villamont, Prestige, Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Juicy, drink-young style with fine raspberry and cedar aromas,’ began team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, also highlighting ‘more juicy raspberry on the palate, overlaid with attractive chocolate and spiced cherry notes, light and refreshing’.

£13.32 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Domaine Antoine Olivier, Pommard 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

Domaine Gouffier, La Charmée, Mercurey 2016, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

Domaine Pierre Naigeon, Vieilles Vignes, Marsannay 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

Maison Champy, Beaune 1er Cru, Aux Cras 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£42.63 ADVINI

Maison Champy, Pommard Bio 2014, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£49.08 ADVINI

Domaine Michel Juillot, Mercurey 2016, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£18.84 Enotria&Coe

Louis Jadot, Beaune 1er Cru, Clos des Ursules 2011, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

Louis Jadot, Fixin 2014, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

 

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