Burgundy 2014 Report

Neil Martin in The Wine Advocate wrote…

‘The white 2014’s are extraordinarily good. They are often brilliant. A cornucopia of delights. With respect to the reds there are some impressive wines in 2014 from both the Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits’.

 

As the 2014 En Primeur burgundy period gains momentum, please find below a report about the Burgundy 2014 Cote de Nuits red wines, courtesy of Allen Meadows in Burghound.com.

We will be sending prices for this wonderfully refreshing and forward 2014 vintage next week.

As you will read, the 2014 white burgundy wines are outstanding and it is truly a great vintage for the wines from Puligny Montrachet, Chassagne Montrachet and Meursault.

The red wines, especially from the better domaines from Cotes de Nuits (Gevrey Chambertin to Nuits St Georges) will be highly drinkable almost immediately after bottling and they will be very approachable in their youth, yet the premier crus and grand crus will age gracefully for 15 – 20 years.

For those who bought the 2013 vintage, I would recommend drinking the 2014 vintage before the 2013’s.

Please enjoy the article below. The notes are taken from Burghound.com – Allen Meadows apart from my comments in italics.

The BURGUNDY 2014 –   Côte de Nuits Reds

The best wines are wonderfully refreshing, highly drinkable and transparent medium-bodied wines that possess solid but not aggressive tannic spines supplemented by sufficient but not high acidities. They are balanced wines built for medium-term aging yet should be reasonably approachable young if youthful fruit is your preference.

I noted the generally softer approach to extraction that many growers elected to use and thus most 2014s have relatively fine grained tannins which will also help them to be accessible young.

As to longevity, the average 2014 is built for mid-term cellaring though as I also noted, many wines will also drink well on the younger side.

[The Grand Crus and some Premier Crus from the top domains have the depth and `scaffolding’ to last 20 years. PS]

Two of the aspects that I like best about the 2014s is their transparency to the underlying terroir coupled with their sheer drinkability. This transparency is enhanced by terrific vibrancy because the wines really do taste alive in the mouth as they’ve got energy, or what I like to call underlying tension. They’re ripe yet they are what the French call digest, or refreshing, where the first sip invites the next which is in fact what makes them so drinkable.

So what can we reasonably conclude about the overall quality of the 2014 vintage?

To the extent that the growers are good judges (which is not always the case I would add), Most opined that it was a user-friendly vintage that produced forward and attractively textured wines suitable for mid-term cellaring that possessed the added virtue of early accessibility.

My view is that this depiction doesn’t give the 2014 reds quite enough credit. The best 2014s are going to provide a great deal of pleasure.

As I observed in the vintage summary wine quality is not only generally consistent in 2014 but it Is good everywhere in the Côte de Nuits as well as up and down the appellation hierarchy. So it’s not necessary to focus on one or two communes or to necessarily emphasize one level at the expense of another.

In particular 2014 will offer an abundance of possibilities for reasonably priced alternatives for ageable house reds and the Hautes Côtes de Nuits produced a number of lovely examples.

The 2014s, notwithstanding their earlier accessibility, I believe may very well surprise people by how well they age due to their excellent balance.

 

See below Burgundy 2013 REVISITED ……

RED BURGUNDY COTES DE NUITS 2013’s revisited:-

The best 2013s have brilliant transparency along with a strong sense of vibrancy because the wines taste alive in the mouth as they’ve got energy, or what I like to call underlying tension.

In fact the transparency to the underlying terroir is so good that 2013 rivals 2010 in this regard and easily beats 2009, 2011 and 2012. The acidities are prominent but not dominant with solid phenolic maturity to the tannins that is buffered by impressive amounts of dry extract. The wines are built-to-age and in many cases will absolutely require it. – Allen Meadows