What to drink this week
Burgundy 2015: the reds
The talk of the town is all about the 2015 vintage in Burgundy. After three years when the crop was devastated in places by frost and hail, 2015 was the vintage for which the weather gods conspired to lay on perfect conditions. Patrice Rion told me simply: ‘This was the vintage of my life.’ There were comparisons with 1985 and 2005, but also with the legendary 1929.
Don’t miss out on the vintage of a lifetime, urges Harry Eyres
Why you should be buying them
Burgundy is, unfortunately, made in very limited quantities and global demand is growing. Genuinely great vintages such as 2015 (I’m convinced the hype is justified, especially for the reds) come along infrequently: this is one every serious wine-lover should add to his or her collection. Buying en primeur is advisable as the wines simply might not be available in the future.
What to buy
Another of the benign features of 2015 is that good wines were made everywhere, including the minor appellations. This is a great year for Bourgogne Rouge. The reliable Oliver Merlin’s Bourgogne Rouge Les Cras 2015 (below left, £132 per dozen bottles in bond; www.bbr.com) looks especially good value. From another excellent (younger) grower, I recommend Marsannay Cuvée Sainturbain 2015 Domaine Jean Fournier (£180 per dozen bottles in bond; www.bbr.com): this shows lovely brightness and ripe elegance. Higher up the scale is Joseph Drouhin’s Beaune Premier Cru Clos des Mouches 2015 (right, £350 per six bottles in bond; www.leaand sandeman.co.uk), with its deep colour, raspberry-and-violet aromas and velvety depth. Reserve it for special occasions.