Following the 2021 vintage’s return to classicism coupled with its devastatingly low yields, 2022 marks a triumphant return both in volume and towards the new sun-marked reality for the wines of Burgundy.

Our team travelled to Burgundy in early November to taste the wines from barrel, and we were thrilled with what we discovered. Overall, the wines we tasted were abundantly charming with impressive layers of concentrated fruit balanced by an expertly preserved freshness. The reds tended towards bright red fruit character and while they are impressively well structured, the tannins are silky and supple and in their nascent stage. While the red wines are exceptionally seductive, 2022 is perhaps the best white wine vintage in nearly a decade, with a gorgeous concentration of ripe stone fruits balanced by an exceptionally vibrant line of acidity. Both red and white have refreshingly moderate levels of alcohol and thanks to the fine-boned acidity and structure of the wines, we would expect them to have tremendously long drinking windows.

Maison Albert Bichot succinctly summarized the 2022 vintage in four words:

“Relief, Heat, Dry, Restraint”

And indeed, relief was evident upon the faces of everyone we visited in November thanks to the first “normal” yield in more than half a decade. That is not to say that the vintage was not without its challenges as growers were faced with the new reality of perilously high levels of heat and drought throughout the summer. Thankfully the flurry of storms which arrived towards the end of June and the middle of August offered a welcome respite in preventing excessive hydric stress in the vines. Finally, it has now become far more necessarily for producers to exercise restraint in their viticulture and vinification in order to produce a balanced wine, whether it is carefully choosing their picking date before the grapes become overly ripe or increasing their use of cold soaking and whole bunch fermentation.

The global demand for burgundy continues to defy expectations, particularly for the top names and vineyards sites. However, following the crushingly small volumes of 2021, for the first time in many years, we do anticipate that the 2022 vintage may allow the possibility of new or increased allocations. As always, preference is given to balanced orders so please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager to register your interest.

Including releases from:

Ballot Millot

Bernard Moreau

Berthaut-Gerbet

Bitouzet-Prieur

Bouchard

Christian Moreau

Clos Frantin

Comte Armand

Didier Larue

Domaine des Lambrays

Faiveley

Felettig

Follin Arbelet

Francois Lumpp

Henri Boillot

Herve Sigaut

J.F Mugnier

Jean Chartron

Jean Fournier

Jean-Claude Boisset

Jean-Marie Fourrier

Joseph Colin

Joseph Drouhin

Latour Giraud

Louis Jadot

Marc Colin

Olivier Lamy

Robert Chevillon

Taupenot Merme

Tawse

Vincent Girardin

William Fevre

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Our En Primeur homepage is your one-stop-shop for all things Burgundy 2022; learn about this bountiful vintage with our Vintage Report, register your interest and browse some of Burgundy’s best releases via the link below.

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