Decorum Vintners 2019 Burgundy En Primeur Notes & Scores

Decorum Vintners 2019 Burgundy En Primeur Notes & Scores

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My chosen highlights from 13th January 2021 Tasting

Mark and Rupert have assembled a brilliant collection of wines and in typical Decorum form these wines are, for the most part, from off the beaten track and the flavours and value here are both sensational.

Domaine Joseph Voillot

Red

2019 Beaune, 1er Cru Aux Coucherias, Domaine Joseph Voillot

Pure and red-fruited with lovely spice and freshness, this is an accurate wine with true Beaune-like tenderness and a gentle, pliable, mid-palate.  This is a delightful wine and it is all too easy to enjoy.  Forward and fleshy with a raspberry and red cherry theme, this is not the most complex creation but it is a joy to taste.  17.5/20 Drink 2022 – 2028

2019 Volnay, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Joseph Voillot

This is very lovely indeed and it is a good few shades darker and more brooding than the Beaune.  There is nice grip and some stony acidity coupled with lovely poise and true Volnay accuracy. An absolute steal and a beautifully harmonious wine, this is one of the great discoveries of the vintage if you are looking for very rewarding drinking with a wicked qualité prix.  18/20 Drink 2022 – 2030

2019 Volnay, 1er Cru Les Fremiets, Domaine Joseph Voillot

More backward and more tense than the VV, this is a much more adroit and stern wine with muscle and earth in the mix.  While I don’t doubt it will blossom, there will need to be a period of rest enforced on Les Fremiets so the tannins will have the chance to relax before you pop the cork.  All three wines from this estate are worthy of serious consideration because they do exactly what they should (and more)!  18+/20 Drink 2025 – 2035

Domaine Rapet Père et Fils

White

2019 Pernand-Vergelesses, En Caradeux, Domaine Rapet Père et Fils

Grand and layered with superb fruit and presence, this is an amazing wine and one which, dare I say it, shows Grand Cru gloss and class but with a more immediate and welcoming air.  Stunning weight, impressive purity and generous flesh along with an exceptionally long finish mark this as a tremendously classy wine.  I think this is a no-brainer purchase in this vintage.  18.5/20 Drink now – 2027

2019 Corton-Charlemagne, Grand Cru, Domaine Rapet Père et Fils

Sour, tense and introverted this reluctant star needed some time in the glass to show its breeding and there is, after a lot of coaxing, an immense amount of energy here to discover.  While this is not an easy wine to taste now, because the fruit and acid are fighting hard, there is a tonne of stuffing here and given a few years I expect this to blossom!  In terms of Grand Cru whites worth taking a punt on this is a bet worth placing not least because the value for money is exceptional by comparison to other Cortons and, of course, the entire family of Montrachets!  18++/20 Drink 2028 – 2035

Red

2019 Pernand-Vergelesses, 1er Cru Les Vergelesses, Domaine Rapet Père et Fils

Layered, smooth and rather delicious, this is a lovely wine and it certainly justifies its price (I am assuming no change from 2018).  Ripe and smooth, this is a cultured creation but it might be difficult to pick it as a PV given the ripeness and gloss.  If you are after accuracy, then give this wine a pass, but if you fancy a CdB Pinot with flair and plush fruit then dive in.  17.5/20 Drink 2023 – 2032

2019 Aloxe-Corton, Domaine Rapet Père et Fils

By contrast to the PV above, this is every inch a Corton with its austere, strident, stony-mineral tones throughout and I love its honesty and accuracy.  A foodie creation, there is decent intensity of sauvage fruit here and this makes it both interesting and enjoyable.  17.5/20 Drink 2024 – 2032

Domaine Anne et Hervé Sigaut

Red

2019 Chambolle-Musigny, Vieilles Vignes Les Bussières, Domaine Anne et Hervé Sigaut

Deep and smoky with a coffee bean char permeating the showy oak, this is a thoroughly indulgent style of hedonistic wine and I have to admit it looks very smart indeed. The depth of fruit is nothing short of astounding and it finished with a flourish of spice over the brooding core.  This is an unexpected star!  17.5/20 Drink 2023 – 2030

2019 Chambolle-Musigny, 1er Cru Les Gruenchers, Domaine Anne et Hervé Sigaut

If Les Bussières is an over-excited fruit bomb of Pinot gloss and spice then Les Gruenchers is a more high-brow and serious creation.  There is masses more intensity here, with more earth and grip, too.  This is a masterful wine with epic tension and control.  I am not a Sigaut regular, but this portfolio is spectacular as my scores demonstrate!  I will be stalking these wines from now on.  18.5+/20 Drink 2025 – 2038

2019 Chambolle-Musigny, 1er Cru Les Fuées, Domaine Anne et Hervé Sigaut

This is another beautiful wine with a cool, calm air above a deep, dark, layered core.  There is power here and flamboyance, too.  With more complexity than Les Bussières and less grunt and pagan allure than Les Gruenchers this is an indulgent brew and it sings of its prestigious vineyard location!  18.5+/20 Drink 2025 – 2038

2019 Chambolle-Musigny, 1er Cru Les Sentiers, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Anne et Hervé Sigaut

Goodness me, I did not know what to expect with the last wine in this estate’s line-up but if it was to improve on those that blazed its trail it was sure to be a winner.  Deep, dark and stunningly appointed with massive presence and superb tannins, this is a Grand Cru-shaped Pinot and it is a triumph in this vintage. The value for money here will inevitably be insane.  This is one of the hidden gems in the 2019 vintage and I will be waiting in the queue to secure a case!  19+/20 Drink 2025 – 2040

Domaine Pierre Amiot

Red

2019 Morey-Saint-Denis, 1er Cru Les Ruchots, Domaine Pierre Amiot

It is rare to find Morey with this level of flair and expressive fruit, particularly at this early stage of its life, but Amiot’s Les Ruchots is a rare beauty.  This is another devastating find from Decorum and, once again, the price tag promises to attract all-comers.  Packed with fruit, this is a great wine and one with much class and finesse.  It is yet another label which is true to its exact vineyard designation and this makes it even more impressive.  18+/20 Drink 2025 – 2035

2019 Gevrey-Chambertin, 1er Cru Les Combottes, Domaine Pierre Amiot

A touch more forward and fruit-sweet than the dark, brooding Morey, this is a nicely balanced and rather plush Gevrey and it looks accurate and silky already but it will no doubt hold well if needed.   The reduced crop and decent sunshine hours in 2019 have focussed the flavours in this wine perfectly.  17.5/20 Drink 2025 – 2030

Domaine Philippe Livera

Red

2019 Gevrey-Chambertin, En Champs, Domaine Philippe Livera

Livera is new to me and this is a delicious wine.  With generous flesh on the bone and fragrant violet tones on the nose, it is a great expression of this noble vineyard (a particular favourite of mine) and the fruit expression is luxurious, pliable and long.  There is great accuracy and superb polish in this brilliant wine and if you are new to Livera please do take the plunge because this will inevitably reward handsomely in four or five years.  18+/20 Drink 2026 – 2032

SCORES

I have attached my scores out of 20 for every wine.  If a score has no ‘+’, this indicates a wine which is in balance and can be drunk relatively young thanks to its precocity and charm.  One ‘+’ indicates a wine that will benefit from medium-term ageing (in accordance to the style of the wine), while two ‘++’ indicates a wine that should manage to make the long haul, softening and evolving as it goes.

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