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On the 2014 Burgundies...

Shortly after the first of the year, the first serious reviews of the 2014 Burgundies will start appearing. I’ll give my brief overview now, so you can say you heard it here first :-)

I checked in on some 250+ ‘14s in November. I was hugely pleased, pretty much across the board. In many cases I would go as far as to say thrilled. The 2014s are everything I prize most about Burgundy – wines of great purity and refinement, and they are incredibly terroir transparent. They are both delicate and nicely concentrated, and beautifully walk that fine line. They are immensely attractive and drinkable and full of vibrant energy. Most should be a pleasure to drink relatively young, and will have good mid-term ageability. At this point the wines seem equally as strong in both red and white, and Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. It’s not often I see this level of consistency.

That said, the hype machine was already in overdrive for the just-fermented 2015s while I was on the ground in Burgundy – something I continue to find mystifying and somewhat absurd. It will be at least a year until anyone has any idea what the ‘15s are all about, but that horse is already out of the barn, it seems. As consumers, this actually plays into our favor for now, as the ‘14s will probably be a bit undervalued and overlooked while everyone fans the flames for the ‘15s. I hope the ‘15s ARE great, and they certainly have potential, but… Patience, grasshopper.

A cellar full of '14 happiness in Chambolle-Musigny

A cellar full of '14 happiness in Chambolle-Musigny

The pricing I’m seeing so far for the ‘14s is very favorable – most are flat to up 2-3%. If the strength of the dollar against the Euro stays at or near current levels, we should see very modest increases if any. I am super bullish on the ‘14s, and will be buying actively for my own cellar. If you love Burgundies of true elegance and finesse and unparalleled expression of terroir, these are wines you will really enjoy. The world’s leading Burgundy authority, Allen Meadows, will publish his first reviews of the Côte de Nuits ‘14s in mid-January, and I’m really looking forward to his insights and detailed analysis.

With that, I will now curl up with a lovely older bottle, and wish you and yours a very happy holiday season. Cheers!

A man very happy with his 2014s - Patrick Essa at Buisson-Charles in Meursault

A man very happy with his 2014s - Patrick Essa at Buisson-Charles in Meursault