Episode 92 – 12th January 2022
A standout, bargain-priced 2020 White Burgundy
2020 Lea & Sandeman, White Burgundy, Bourgogne Chardonnay, France (£14.50, reduced to £12.95 by the case, Lea & Sandeman).
There are only a handful of 2020 Burgundy En Primeur tastings this week as many have been cancelled and some merchants are so disorganised that they have changed their venues without telling their prospective attendees! Unfortunately, Lea & Sandman’s tasting was cancelled, so you will have to make do with notes on the excellent wines from Goedhuis & Co. and Justerini & Brooks (and perhaps one or two others) – my Goedhuis white notes are already published. As always, my En Primeur Reports are available to read and download for Members only (a mere snip at £60 per year for my five in-depth Reports), but I thought I would use my ‘free to view’ Wednesday Wines spot this week to give L&S a one-off mention with a wine which I think sums up the 2020 vintage in just one sip. The L&S White Burgundy is always a superb wine and, once again, it comes from the same single vineyard source near Saint-Véran as in previous vintages. 2020 is a superb vintage and this wine shows the ripeness of the grapes coupled with, the saving grace in this vintage, bright, perky acidity. The finest wines are glossy and also refreshing – these are enviable traits when they are working in tandem! Of course, when you look at the price of this wine, you will rightly wonder is it up to scratch, but I can assure you it is! There is a lot of wine for the money here with creaminess matched with classiness and I would load up with as much as you can carry because, so far, it is the least expensive white wine that I feel confident will amaze my followers. If you like this wine’s flavour, then by all means wade deeper into the 2020 white Burgundy pool with my guidance.