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"When one is a vigneron and spends one's time outside, one cannot doubt the reality of global warming". Dominique Lafon.

If we were to summarize the present situation in Burgundy it would be a case of:- Consistently better wines than ever, unprecedented global demand, dramatic shortage of stocks (in certain appellations) and unrelenting price increases - as a result of the previous factors (and a poor exchange rate!).

Taking each individually, Burgundy is now routinely producing some of the greatest wines in its long history. This is due to several reasons - including dynamic growers who are well qualified, travel, exchange ideas and have the means to invest in the vineyards and cellars. However, it is precisely because of climate change that the grapes now reach physiological ripeness to a greater extent and more consistently than was the case, even fifteen years ago. Every vintage has its own stylistic characteristics, but all are now of an appreciably higher standard than some of the lesser years of the 1970s and 1980s. As a consequence of globalization and a thirst for the world's finest wines beyond historical, traditional markets, the greatest wines of Burgundy have never been as sought-after, by a growing army of discerning and rich potential buyers. Burgundy, with a multitude of distinct yet small terroirs, often tasted side by side in the same cellar, is perceived as being more intellectually fascinating than, say, Bordeaux - where greater quantities of fewer wines are made.

As a result of the previous circumstances, there continues to be huge price pressure on grapes and wine - especially with Grand Cru, top Premier Cru and most historically famous villages. We feel that this presents a great opportunity for some lesser known, unheralded terroirs (as was the case with St Aubin a few years ago). Villages like Marsannay and Fixin (where many of the greatest producers in Gevrey Chambertin hold vines and make these wines with equal skill, respect, care and attention), Pernand-Vergelesses, Auxey, Savigny, Santenay, St Romain, etc - not to mention some of the marvellous wines from the Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais, which are already enjoying commercial success - are all now responsible for some stunningly delicious, affordable offerings. We would highlight as being particularly great value and which punch well above their weight:- Côte de Nuits Villages, Domaine Philippe Livera, Bourgogne Chardonnay, Domaine Ballot-Millot, Fixin "Crais de Chêne" and Marsannay "En Ouzeloy", Domaine René Bouvier, Santenay 1er Cru Beaurepaire, Vincent Girardin, Viré-Clessé, Domaine du Mont-Épin, Pouilly Fuissé "L'Âme Forest", Domaine Eric Forest - and pretty much ALL of the Côte Chalonnaise! Don't' forget, however, landed stocks of Gevrey, Chambolle, Vosne and Nuits St. Georges 2012s, 2013s and 2014s - which were less expensive at source and costed at a pre-Brexit exchange rate.

Since the hot, straightforward and highly acclaimed 2009 vintage, difficult weather conditions, hail and frost have all contributed to pronounced shortages of stocks in certain appellations. Thankfully, with effect from this summer, 42,000 hectares from Chablis to Mâcon are now protected by a "hailstone shield". 125 ground generators cause tiny particles of silver iodide to rise into the clouds and stop the formation of hailstones. This should have a major impact in protecting many villages, especially those just south of Beaune and in the Côte Chalonnaise, from being ravaged in the future.All in all, there remains great value to be had for canny, passionate, discerning Burgundy-junkies like us!