2014 White Burgundy “Concentrated, Expressive and Balanced”

Sep 25, 2016

Stephen Tanzer of Vinous Media recently wrote an excellent report on white Burgundy from the 2014 vintage, and since we have many of these wines now in our warehouse, we can only concur with Stephen’s positive assessment. This is a glorious vintage, one that will drink very well young (for its ripe, almost fleshy, fruit) and because of the wines’ natural acidic balance, you can also expect a healthy cellar life for these gems. In short, this is a glorious year to explore some of your favorite appellations and producers. Here are some of the money quotes from the report:

As a vintage, the 2014 whites display a striking natural balance of fruit, flesh and acidity. They rarely come across as sharp because they possess strong buffering material. Some wines show noticeable extract richness or even a bit of phenolic chewiness, no doubt largely due to the thickness of the grape skins and the high skin-to-juice ratio that characterized this vintage, but the dusty, tactile finishes of the ‘14s are far more likely to reflect strong mineral extract than high alcohol or tannins.

The wines were concentrated, expressive and balanced from the start, revealing wonderful transparency to soil and an often salty minerality. They show lovely freshness and purity of fruit—more citrus and white stone fruits than yellow fruits or tropical elements—but they’re about much more than simply fruit. More than any white Burgundy vintage since 2010, they offer captivating treble notes of flowers, spice oils, white pepper, fresh herbs and crushed stone.

Our favorite wines as always from our favorite producers are now IN STOCK. Explore the following pages to learn more about our partners crafting some of the more honest, terroir-true white Burgundy on the market today.


Domaine Bouard-Bonnefoy, Chassagne-Montrachet

Domaine Boyer-Martenot, Meursault

Domaine Marius Delarche, Pernand-Vergelesses

Remoissenet Père et Fils, Beaune

Domaine Vincent Dureuil-Janthial, Rully

Domaine Michel Sarrazin et Fils, Charnailles (Givry)

Domaine Daniel et Julien Barraud, Vergisson

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