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The vintage

A mild, wet winter replenished water reserves which were sorely needed during the long, hot and dry summer. In the Côte d’Or, rainfall in June and in August ensured even ripening and no serious stress. There were no significant differences in microclimate between the various villages. The weeks immediately before harvest were cooler than in 2003 or 2009 which helped to preserve acidity and allowed more relaxed picking. The result was a below-average yield of excellent quality. Some producers declared that they have never seen such pure fruit, while others mentioned comparable vintages of 2005, 1990 and even 1929!

There was a risk of over-ripeness and levels ranged from 12,5 – 14%. The grapes had unusually thick skins which lead to deeply coloured reds laden with ripe tannins and polyphenols.

The wines

The red wines are truly majestic; rich and powerful and almost always underpinned by fine acidity. This means that each terroir and producer is vividly expressed in the wines but with more generosity than usual. At entry level there is no lack of ripe fruit; Bourgogne and lesser-crus already offer exceptional drinking with the structure to age with grace. The top terroirs are dark in colour and show incredible depth and complexity. Their tannic frame is laden with pure fruit and carried by a fine acidity meaning that the best wines will age for decades. In fact, patience will be required! In the Côte de Nuits, Bruno Clair, a new producer to Wine Cellar this year, summed up the 2015 nicely – ‘An aristocratic vintage with finesse.’

Whites need more careful selection but the peaks are staggering. Similar to the ripeness of 2006 or 2009, there is a finer acidity and more elegant stance to the wines along with incredible concentration. The Henri Boillot wines were of the finest we have ever tasted; full ripeness, real freshness and incredible attention to detail has produced hauntingly pure and serious wines.

Chablis is a deliciously forward and flavoursome vintage. Unlike the laser-like 2014s, the round 2015s show softer structures, more texture and fullness of fruit. The lesser terroirs and wines from the Mâconnais are more forward and immediately delicious.

Burgundy 2015: Orders and prices

Never before has there been such international interest in a Burgundy vintage. Especially after a string of small vintages, domaines are struggling to allocate their wines across the world. This means that prices are 10 – 20% up on 2014 but, with a similar appreciation on the Rand, our customers should look at 2014 as a guideline for pricing. Tasting through the wines on two visits to Burgundy was a truly special experience with a number of wines producing a chill down my spine! The magical sparkle, fine depth, pure aromatics and finesse that only Burgundy can offer was on full display in 2015. It is a must for Burgundy or Pinot-lovers alike.

We will be allocating the wines depending on previous year’s orders. Please fill in the form below, or email Roland@winecellar.co.za to request an allocation of the four producers mentioned here.

We will also be offering the classic Chablis from Daniel Dampt, fine Mâcon from Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon, and wines from more domaines later in the year.

– Roland Peens (April 2017)

 

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