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Invasion of the burgundy barons

Act fast to secure a place at these prestigious burgundy tastings

Invasion of the burgundy barons

December 21 2011
John Stimpfig

For serious burgundy buyers, London is the place to be at the beginning of January. Once again, the capital will be invaded (in the nicest possible way) by Burgundy’s greatest vignerons, who are in the capital to showcase their 2010 vintage at a series of merchants’ tastings. One of the advantages of attending these increasingly popular tastings is the opportunity to try before you buy. Another is to talk about the wines with the people who actually made them.

By all accounts, 2010 is another very good year for burgundy. Many regard the 2010s (both white and red) as more classical than the voluptuously hedonistic 2009 vintage. So it should repay a bit more cellaring, and appeal to traditional buyers. The bad news is that prices will be up by about 10-20 per cent – thanks to reduced yields, which are down on average by 15-30 per cent.

Nonetheless, such increases seem almost mild compared to those of some Crus Classés in Bordeaux. Moreover, burgundy is all the rage these days, judging by what is going on in global auction rooms. In contrast, claret continues to languish. Consequently, Corney & Barrow’s Adam Brett-Smith isn’t the only leading UK merchant who thinks “the 2010s will fly”.

Several burgundy tastings are strictly by invitation only, though a number of leading London merchants do sell tickets, including all those listed below. Time is of the essence – remaining places are disappearing fast.