BURGUNDY
EN PRIMEUR

Burgundy En Primeur

Vintage Wine Bottle Size Unit of sale Qty of unit Qty of btl Btl price (HKD) Score Location
2017 Charles Van Canneyt - Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 750 BOTTLE 60 60 2,800 - EP
2017 Charles Van Canneyt - Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 750 BOTTLE 120 120 1,700 - EP
2017 Charles Van Canneyt - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 750 BOTTLE 120 120 1,300 - EP
2017 Charles Van Canneyt - Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru 'Cazetiers' 750 BOTTLE 120 120 800 - EP
2017 Charles Van Canneyt - Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru 'Les Cherbaudes' 750 BOTTLE 120 120 680 - EP
2017 Chateau de la Maltroye - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru 'Grandes Ruchottes' 750 BOTTLE 48 48 750 - EP
2017 Chateau de la Maltroye - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru 'La Romanee' 750 BOTTLE 36 36 900 - EP
2016 Chateau de la Maltroye - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Blanc 'Clos du Chateau' Monopole 750 BOTTLE 120 120 600 BH93 EP
2017 Chateau de la Maltroye - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Blanc 'Clos du Chateau' Monopole 750 BOTTLE 120 120 500 - EP
2017 Chateau de la Maltroye - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Blanc 'Morgeot Vigne Blanche' 750 BOTTLE 120 120 460 - EP
2016 Chateau de la Maltroye - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Rouge 'Clos du Chateau' Monopole 750 BOTTLE 120 120 500 BH91-93 EP
2016 Domaine Emmanuel Rouget - Bourgogne Aligote 750 BOTTLE 72 72 240 - EP
2016 Domaine Emmanuel Rouget - Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc 750 BOTTLE 36 36 300 - EP
2017 Domaine Emmanuel Rouget - Bourgogne Passetoutgrain 750 BOTTLE 72 72 360 - EP
2016 Domaine Emmanuel Rouget - Cote de Nuits Village 750 BOTTLE 6 6 750 BH88-91 EP
2016 Domaine Hubert Lignier - Chambolle Musigny Vieilles Vignes 750 BOTTLE 6 6 500 - EP
2016 Domaine Hubert Lignier - Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 750 BOTTLE 9 9 4,500 - EP
2016 Domaine Hubert Lignier - Gevrey Chambertin 750 BOTTLE 18 18 450 - EP
2016 Domaine Hubert Lignier - Morey St Denis 750 BOTTLE 6 6 450 - EP
2016 Domaine Hubert Lignier - Morey St Denis 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes 750 BOTTLE 12 12 1,400 - EP
2016 Domaine Sylvain Cathiard - Vosne Romanee 1er Cru 'Aux Malconsorts' 750 BOTTLE 1 1 6,500 - EP
2017 Hospices de Beaune / Etienne de Montille - Beaune 1er Cru Cuvee Dames Hospitaliere 1/4 Barrel 1/4 Barrel 5 5 54,000 - EP
2017 Hospices de Beaune / Etienne de Montille - Corton Blanc Grand Cru Cuvee Docteur Peste 1/4 Barrel 1/4 Barrel 3 3 108,000 - EP
2018 Hospices de Beaune / Lafarge - Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru Cuvee Arthur Girard 1/4 Barrel 1/4 Barrel 3 3 63,360 - EP
2018 Hospices de Beaune / Lafarge - Volnay Santenots 1er Cru Cuvee Gauvain 1/4 Barrel 1/4 Barrel 2 2 77,760 - EP
2017 Charles Van Canneyt - Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 2,800 / BTL 60 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
60
Qty of btl
60
Btl price (HKD)
2,800
Score
-
Location
EP
2017 Charles Van Canneyt - Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 1,700 / BTL 120 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
120
Qty of btl
120
Btl price (HKD)
1,700
Score
-
Location
EP
2017 Charles Van Canneyt - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 1,300 / BTL 120 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
120
Qty of btl
120
Btl price (HKD)
1,300
Score
-
Location
EP
2017 Charles Van Canneyt - Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru 'Cazetiers'
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 800 / BTL 120 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
120
Qty of btl
120
Btl price (HKD)
800
Score
-
Location
EP
2017 Charles Van Canneyt - Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru 'Les Cherbaudes'
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 680 / BTL 120 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
120
Qty of btl
120
Btl price (HKD)
680
Score
-
Location
EP
2017 Chateau de la Maltroye - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru 'Grandes Ruchottes'
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 750 / BTL 48 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
48
Qty of btl
48
Btl price (HKD)
750
Score
-
Location
EP
2017 Chateau de la Maltroye - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru 'La Romanee'
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 900 / BTL 36 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
36
Qty of btl
36
Btl price (HKD)
900
Score
-
Location
EP
2016 Chateau de la Maltroye - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Blanc 'Clos du Chateau' Monopole
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 600 / BTL 120 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
120
Qty of btl
120
Btl price (HKD)
600
Score
BH93
Location
EP
2017 Chateau de la Maltroye - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Blanc 'Clos du Chateau' Monopole
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 500 / BTL 120 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
120
Qty of btl
120
Btl price (HKD)
500
Score
-
Location
EP
2017 Chateau de la Maltroye - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Blanc 'Morgeot Vigne Blanche'
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 460 / BTL 120 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
120
Qty of btl
120
Btl price (HKD)
460
Score
-
Location
EP
2016 Chateau de la Maltroye - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Rouge 'Clos du Chateau' Monopole
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 500 / BTL 120 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
120
Qty of btl
120
Btl price (HKD)
500
Score
BH91-93
Location
EP
2016 Domaine Emmanuel Rouget - Bourgogne Aligote
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 240 / BTL 72 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
72
Qty of btl
72
Btl price (HKD)
240
Score
-
Location
EP
2016 Domaine Emmanuel Rouget - Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 300 / BTL 36 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
36
Qty of btl
36
Btl price (HKD)
300
Score
-
Location
EP
2017 Domaine Emmanuel Rouget - Bourgogne Passetoutgrain
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 360 / BTL 72 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
72
Qty of btl
72
Btl price (HKD)
360
Score
-
Location
EP
2016 Domaine Emmanuel Rouget - Cote de Nuits Village
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 750 / BTL 6 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
6
Qty of btl
6
Btl price (HKD)
750
Score
BH88-91
Location
EP
2016 Domaine Hubert Lignier - Chambolle Musigny Vieilles Vignes
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 500 / BTL 6 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
6
Qty of btl
6
Btl price (HKD)
500
Score
-
Location
EP
2016 Domaine Hubert Lignier - Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 4,500 / BTL 9 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
9
Qty of btl
9
Btl price (HKD)
4,500
Score
-
Location
EP
2016 Domaine Hubert Lignier - Gevrey Chambertin
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 450 / BTL 18 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
18
Qty of btl
18
Btl price (HKD)
450
Score
-
Location
EP
2016 Domaine Hubert Lignier - Morey St Denis
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 450 / BTL 6 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
6
Qty of btl
6
Btl price (HKD)
450
Score
-
Location
EP
2016 Domaine Hubert Lignier - Morey St Denis 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 1,400 / BTL 12 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
12
Qty of btl
12
Btl price (HKD)
1,400
Score
-
Location
EP
2016 Domaine Sylvain Cathiard - Vosne Romanee 1er Cru 'Aux Malconsorts'
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 6,500 / BTL 1 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
6,500
Score
-
Location
EP
2017 Hospices de Beaune / Etienne de Montille - Beaune 1er Cru Cuvee Dames Hospitaliere
1/4 Barrel ml 1/4 Barrel EP HKD 54,000 / BTL 5 case available
Bottle size
1/4 Barrel
Qty of unit
5
Qty of btl
5
Btl price (HKD)
54,000
Score
-
Location
EP
2017 Hospices de Beaune / Etienne de Montille - Corton Blanc Grand Cru Cuvee Docteur Peste
1/4 Barrel ml 1/4 Barrel EP HKD 108,000 / BTL 3 case available
Bottle size
1/4 Barrel
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
3
Btl price (HKD)
108,000
Score
-
Location
EP
2018 Hospices de Beaune / Lafarge - Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru Cuvee Arthur Girard
1/4 Barrel ml 1/4 Barrel EP HKD 63,360 / BTL 3 case available
Bottle size
1/4 Barrel
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
3
Btl price (HKD)
63,360
Score
-
Location
EP
2018 Hospices de Beaune / Lafarge - Volnay Santenots 1er Cru Cuvee Gauvain
1/4 Barrel ml 1/4 Barrel EP HKD 77,760 / BTL 2 case available
Bottle size
1/4 Barrel
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
2
Btl price (HKD)
77,760
Score
-
Location
EP
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The 2016 vintage - CONCENTRATED WINES OF GREAT BEAUTY

Introduction by Our Resident Senior Consultant Anthony Hanson MW.

The 2016 Growing Season & Harvest
The first half of the 2016 growing season brought serious challenges. Spring was mild and wet, demanding many treatments by growers to prevent mildew outbreaks. Then, over a 3-day period, including devastating frost on 27th April, many young buds and leaves were destroyed by freezing weather. Damage was particularly severe in the vineyards of Beaune, Savigny, Pernand, Meursault, Chassagne and several Grand Cru whites. There was also considerable damage on the Côte de Nuits including Echézeaux, Chambolle-Musigny, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Clos-Vougeot and parts of Gevrey-Chambertin. The weather after the frost was erratic, and many vineyards took time to recover, resulting in further crop being lost.


Fortunately, towards the end of June, summer arrived, bringing favourable days throughout July and August. Weather conditions were balanced, not too hot or dry, with sufficient rain - which allowed sugars to climb and skins to ripen slowly, while precious freshness was retained. Glorious days, with beneficial, brief periods of rain, lasted through September to the harvest, which generally took place between the 20th and the end of the month. Picking took place in excellent conditions. Astonishingly, after so un-promising a spring, accumulations of colouring matter and tannins in the skins were sometimes above those of 2015, with grapes being so healthy that very few bunches needed eliminating on sorting tables. Many beautiful, impeccably balanced wines have been made, both red and white.

The 2016 Reds
This vintage is not one where high heat in the summer produced powerful, rich wines, but one where vineyard origins show precisely, thanks to the long growing season. A combination of focused vineyard tending, careful winemaking and – in many cases – small yields has produced reds which have superb fruit intensity, with excellent balance between acidity, tannins, and fruit concentration. Many may be enjoyed while youthful, and there are also great wines for the medium and long term.


The 2016 Whites
The 2016 vintage is back to a more classic style for Burgundy whites, in contrast to the richer, more luscious 2015s. Chablis wines show precision and poise, with freshness and beautiful flavour intensity. Vineyard site is transparent in these wines, and this feature is key as one moves further south through the Côte d’Or and into the Côte Chalonnaise. Consistently, the wines have lovely concentration, liveliness and energy. The only issue is one of stocks as so many growers harvested considerably less than in a ‘normal’ year.

For full producer reviews and 2016 ratings, please click here.

WHY BUY EN PRIMEUR

The most obvious traditional answer was price. The basic deal was that the best price would be the en primeur or ‘futures’ price – the consumer rewarding the merchant, the merchant rewarding the negocient, the negocient rewarding the châteaux with cash up front, long before anyone would see the finished wine in bottle. This system broke (as it does every few decades or so) with the 2009 and 2010 vintages, where the price of the final delivered wine fell siginicantly below what customers paid en primeur. Price for the 2016s will be something to watch, though fortunately it doesn’t look this year (so far!) like aggressive pricing will be the order of the day.

Of course you are not buying an entire vintage, you are picking out individual wines, so over-performers who nonetheless price ‘normally’ may well prove to make financial sense.

But there are some other reasons to buy en primeur

- Provenance is assured. You will be the first to take delivery of the wine and you will have control over its handling and storage from day one, with all the assurance for preserving condition that that brings. Years down the line that will mean either drinking the wine in its optimal condition, or being able to offer it for re-sale with complete assurance to the next buyer. Everyone benefits from assured provenance.

- Access. This isn’t Burugndy, but it is true that some of these wines appear later in the secondary market in much lower quantities. This is the best chance to ensure you can own what you want.

- Sunk cost. It’s not an obvious one, but taking the pain of the expense now is something akin to savings. The wine will feel like a bonus when it comes to drinking it!

- Choice of bottle formats. If you like to own your favourite wines in a nice mix of halves, magnums and imperials, this is your best – often only – chance to have the wine bottled in formats you want. (Subject to availability and advance ordering).

- If you had a child born in 2016, or got married, this is a very nice way to mark the occasion from the outset – investing in furture anniversaries and birthdays.

SOME CAVEATS AND SOME ADVICE ABOUT CHOOSING WINES

It’s important understand that tasting and evaluating barrel samples is not as assured as tasting finished wine from bottle. The first point here is that we are not tasting finished wines. They are just a few months in to their barrel ageing and will change more in the next year in barrel than any subsequent year in bottle. Faults like aggressive tannins or greenness aren’t going to go away with bottle age, but sometimes other issues might be hidden at this stage, or a wine might improve considerably in barrel. Samples can also vary – in my experience – a great deal from day to day, and location to location. I taste a sample, I write down what I experience. For the sake of transparency, and to show just how much variance is possible, where I tasted a 2016 more than once I have given both notes here. You will see for yourself how much variance is possible.

Secondly, for some châteaux what you taste is the final blend. They have already assembled the young wine and re-distributed it back to barrel for further ageing. At other châteaux the final blend will be made many months later after they see how the components develop in barrel. In this latter case an ‘approximate blend’ is made from the components to represent the envisaged final blend. Can you see where there might be an issue here? I couldn’t possibly comment.

Finally, these are my experiences tasting a range of samples over a week in Bordeaux in April 2017. To this I would make two points: firstly, though I tasted many of the higher ranked wines (which are the ones of most relevance to Hong Kongers considered buying en primeur), there are in fact thousands of wines possible to taste. My preliminary views are therefore based on less complete observations than many others – especially the critics – who tasted for weeks and complied extrensive reports. My second point relates to the first – do not rely on any single opinion. My best advice to you is to pass on advice I received many years ago: pick two or three 2016 Bordeaux vintage reports – especially where you know how the author’s taste relates to your own – and compare the notes from each. This will give you a more reliable sense for how a particular château performed. From there, trust your own taste. There is no such thing as a ‘100-point wine’, or a ’90-point wine’. They don’t exist. What exists is a 100-point experience one person had with a wine on an occasion. Your mileage may vary.