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FRANCE: Red Burgundy

2017 Gold: 3 Silver: 5 Bronze: 3 Commended: 2
2016 Gold: 3 Silver: 1 Bronze: 1 Commended: 1

Red Burgundy has never outscored Bourgogne Blanc at the Sommelier Wine Awards. Capable of enchanting and infuriating in almost equal measure, it’s the laconic stoner-brother sibling to its diligent violin-practising sister.

And this flight proved once again that, for the most part, if you want drinkable red stuff from those sainted slopes, you’d better have a fat wallet. The exception was the astonishingly-good-for-the-price Patriarche Bourgogne Rouge. Our cheapest medal winner, it was a deserving Gold Lister…


‘For me, Burgundy is a three-speed region. You get the real traditionalists, the younger generation and the new dynamic producers who are doing something different.’ Fred Marti, Typing Room

‘This flight proved the mantra for Burgundy: when it’s good it’s very, very good; when it’s bad it’s horrid.’ Richard Brooks, Caroline Catering

‘I have Burgundies priced between £30 and £100 on my list. My customers do specifically ask for top-end Burgundy.’ Andre Luis Martins, Cavalry & Guards Club


‘You can buy comparable reds from the New World, so Burgundy producers have to pay attention to price.’ Charles Pashby-Taylor, Dabbous

Award winners

Found 13 wines

France: Burgundy, Red

Vallet Frères, Clos de la Justice Monopole, Gevrey-Chambertin 2011, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

Judges heaped praise on the spicy, earthy character of this wine, clearly deserving of Gold. Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer found ‘dried cherries and dry earth, with some sweet spice and smoke too. On the palate, the fruit is lifted, with more spice. A match for duck.’ Markus Dilger of MAD F&B Consulting liked its ‘herbal, earthy and smoky notes, with fresh fruit and good acidity’.

£34.03 Boutinot

Patriarche, Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

This was singled out for its typicity and great value, and awarded Gold for it, too. Team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW noted its ‘glinting pale purple colour’, before describing it as: ‘Nicely meaty with a good chewy texture, and unexpectedly flavoursome for the price and colour.’ Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer liked its ‘red cherry, smoke and spice, with a generous red-fruit palate and crunchy acidity’.

£10.18 Castelnau Wine Agencies

Domaine Guy & Yvan Dufouleur, Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru, Clos des Perrières 2014, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner

Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club was drawn to this Gold Lister’s ‘smoky, sour cassis and fresh cherry aromas’, enjoying its ‘elegant strawberry flavours with earthier notes, leading to a richly charming finish’. ‘Well structured, lasts and lasts in the mouth – an attractive dinner wine,’ added Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering. ‘Amazing with guinea fowl or other game,’ concluded Gabriele Galuppo of Theo Randall at the InterContinental.

£45.30 Top Selection Ltd

Louis Jadot, Beaune 1er Cru, Les Theurons 2010, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club found ‘fresh red fruit with elegant herbal characters, sour cherry with spice’, while Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering was impressed with its ‘very soft and silky, attractive savoury character, a classy wine developing well in the mouth in a good length’.

£36.04 Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark

Remoissenet Père & Fils, Givry 2013, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘Decent fruit character with sour cherries and good use of oak,’ said team leader Martin Lam, with Typing Room’s Fred Marti noting its ‘light, fragrant red berries’, and Charles Ashby-Taylor of Dabbous calling ‘English strawberry fields and wet stones’ to mind.

£19.21 Matthew Clark

Château de Santenay, Mercurey 1er Cru, Les Puillets 2015, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘Gentle on the nose with fresh straw notes and elegant white spices,’ began Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards club, also finding ‘fresh and elegant fruit on the palate with gentle tannin’. ‘Bright and attractive, nicely balanced. Roast lamb comes to mind,’ added Michael Moore of The London Cookhouse.

£19.19 Liberty Wines

Château de Santenay, Clos de Vougeot, Grand Cru 2015, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘A surprisingly fruit-forward wine with dark, brooding intensity, after purple fruit and sweet sap on the nose, and finishing with some black pepper,’ thought Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer. MAD F&B Consulting’s Markus Dilger enjoyed ‘plum, blackberry and forest floor notes, with some liquorice, too’.

£105.24 Liberty Wines

Domaine René Monnier, Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2014, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

Fred Marti of Typing Room found ‘great drinkability, with vibrant fruits, nice layers of flavour and good length’, while team leader Martin Lam noted its ‘cherry brightness, a lick of new oak and very chewy character’.

£15.34 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Domaine Guy & Yvan Dufouleur, Vieilles Vignes, Fixin 1er Cru, Clos du Chapitre Monopole 2014, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

‘A young, spicy wine, with dark forest fruits and and some earthy notes, and a herbal element, too, not to mention some good acidity,’ thought Markus Dilger of MAD F&B Consulting, while Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer liked this wine’s ‘earthiness, as well as some black pepper’.

£31.72 Top Selection Ltd

Henri de Villamont, Prestige, Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2014, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Bright on the nose with red fruit and some earthy notes, but this is good value for money,’ said Giancarlo Cuccuru of The Ned Hotel, with Jacopo Armenio of Vinarius also noting ‘red fruit clusters, sour cherry notes and good savoury character with some intensity’.

£12.60 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Domaine Albert Morot, Beaune 1er Cru, Les Teurons 2013, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering found that this ‘grows on you in mid-palate, and it develops in the mouth, making it quite a big wine for a Burgundy’, adding that: ‘With some flavoursome meat dishes it could show very well.’

£32.73 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Domaine Guy & Yvan Dufouleur, Aux St-Julien, Nuits-St-Georges 2015, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

Domaine Michel Juillot, Mercurey 2014, Burgundy , France

Commended medal winner

£17.69 Enotria&Coe


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