Our Private Sales team have gone out to the vineyards of Burgundy, to taste the Burgundy 2022 wines ahead of the next en primeur campaign. Find out what to expect from this vintage…
“The wines were as good as we hoped: ripeness and freshness in abundance.“
If only every Monday could be like this! Although as damp and cool as the London we left behind, the hills of Burgundy are in full autumnal splendour.
With the combination of Covid and a small-yield 2021 release, this is the first time in four years the full Private Sales team have gone to try the upcoming en primeur vintage. The timing couldn’t be better: there is a buzz growing for ‘22 as a vintage – high quality and decent quantity.
The vintage is also large enough to justify a return of arguably Jeroboams’ most important public tasting of the year, again after a four year hiatus, so save the date: we will showing the 2022s at the Vintners Hall on 16th January. Details to follow in due course!
Our first visit was to Hombeline Guyon of Domaine Antonin Guyon in Savigny-Lès-Beaune. Hombeline spoke of how good wine warms her heart, and happily 2022 has heartwarming wines in abundance. In comparison with the very “solar” vintages of recent years, 2022 has a lovely level of ripeness but also finesse and typicity of the various terroir. Guyon’s two Gevreys are totally different, as are their two red Cortons – both of which neighbour Romanée Conti’s own Corton holdings.
Martin Tickle, our Fine Wine buyer, said this is the finest collection of wines he has tried at Guyon and we were all very excited. In a region which is becoming increasingly corporate, Antonin Guyon is a bastion of true family values. Antonin Guyon was Hombeline’s grandfather, she now runs the estate with her father Dominique, and all decisions are made with future generations in mind. And most importantly, the wines are stunning.
Family is also at the heart of our next visit, Domaine Matrot in Meursault, run by sisters Adèle and Elsa Matrot. It was the first visit for most of us to the domaine. The place is beautiful as are the wines, Maranges, Volnay, Puligny and, unusually, Meursault white… and red. Matrot are very new to Jeroboams, and we have had to patiently wait for a vintage of a decent size so that we could finally shout about how good these wines are, and now with 2022 we can do just that!
Last visit of the day involved a drive up the Côté d’Or to Nuits-St-Georges to visit Pascal Marchand at Marchand Tawse. This is a big and important tasting for us as Pascal makes wines from every region, giving us a unique snapshot of the entire vintage. There were revelations at the value end and the top wines are reassuringly magnificent. The whites were fabulous. Needless to say Pascal was very very happy.
It was a pleasure to taste today. The wines were as good as we hoped: ripeness and freshness in abundance. As Pascal put it, these are wines that everyone likes. Even better, there is a decent amount of it so enough to go around. Heartwarming news, indeed!