BURGUNDY
EN PRIMEUR

Burgundy En Primeur

Vintage Wine Bottle Size Unit of sale Qty of unit Qty of btl Btl price (HKD) Score Location
2020 Charles Van Canneyt - Bourgogne Pinot Noir 750 BOTTLE 120 120 250 - EP
2020 Charles Van Canneyt - Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre 750 BOTTLE 120 120 400 - EP
2020 Charles Van Canneyt - Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 750 BOTTLE 108 108 700 - EP
2020 Charles Van Canneyt - Corton Les Chaumes Grand Cru 750 BOTTLE 48 48 900 - EP
2021 Chateau Cheval Blanc 750 OWC3 4 12 4,500 WA95-97 EP
2021 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 750 OWC3 3 9 5,500 WA95-97 EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Chambolle Musigny 750 BOTTLE 120 120 700 BH87-90 EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Chambolle Musigny 1500 BOTTLE 18 18 1,500 BH87-90 EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Chambolle Musigny 'Les Bas-Doix' 750 BOTTLE 72 72 800 BH88-91 EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 'Derriere la Grange' 750 BOTTLE 28 28 1,800 BH91-93 EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 'Les Borniques' 750 BOTTLE 57 57 1,800 - EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 'Les Charmes' 750 BOTTLE 118 118 1,200 BH90-92 EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 'Les Charmes' 1500 BOTTLE 18 18 2,600 BH90-92 EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 'Les Plantes' 750 BOTTLE 42 42 1,100 BH89-91 EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 750 BOTTLE 5 5 2,600 BH91-94 EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Clos St Denis Grand Cru 750 BOTTLE 12 12 3,000 BH91-94 EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Clos St Denis Grand Cru 1500 BOTTLE 3 3 6,500 BH91-94 EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Morey St Denis 750 BOTTLE 63 63 600 BH87-89 EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Morey St Denis 1500 BOTTLE 18 18 1,300 BH87-89 EP
2019 Domaine Armand Heitz - Beaune 1er Cru 'Les Avaux' 750 BOTTLE 60 60 580 - EP
2020 Domaine Armand Heitz - Bourgogne Blanc 750 BOTTLE 120 120 260 - EP
2020 Domaine Armand Heitz - Chambertin Grand Cru 750 BOTTLE 18 18 5,500 - EP
2020 Domaine Armand Heitz - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru 'Tete du Clos' 750 BOTTLE 36 36 1,200 - EP
2020 Domaine Armand Heitz - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Blanc 'Morgeot' 750 BOTTLE 36 36 1,200 - EP
2020 Domaine Armand Heitz - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Rouge 'Morgeot' 750 BOTTLE 96 96 580 - EP
2020 Charles Van Canneyt - Bourgogne Pinot Noir
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 250 / BTL 120 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
120
Qty of btl
120
Btl price (HKD)
250
Score
-
Location
EP
2020 Charles Van Canneyt - Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 400 / BTL 120 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
120
Qty of btl
120
Btl price (HKD)
400
Score
-
Location
EP
2020 Charles Van Canneyt - Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 700 / BTL 108 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
108
Qty of btl
108
Btl price (HKD)
700
Score
-
Location
EP
2020 Charles Van Canneyt - Corton Les Chaumes Grand Cru
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 900 / BTL 48 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
48
Qty of btl
48
Btl price (HKD)
900
Score
-
Location
EP
2021 Chateau Cheval Blanc
750 ml OWC3 EP HKD 4,500 / BTL 4 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
4
Qty of btl
12
Btl price (HKD)
4,500
Score
WA95-97
Location
EP
2021 Chateau Lafite Rothschild
750 ml OWC3 EP HKD 5,500 / BTL 3 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
9
Btl price (HKD)
5,500
Score
WA95-97
Location
EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Chambolle Musigny
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 700 / BTL 120 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
120
Qty of btl
120
Btl price (HKD)
700
Score
BH87-90
Location
EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Chambolle Musigny
1500 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 1,500 / BTL 18 BTL available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
18
Qty of btl
18
Btl price (HKD)
1,500
Score
BH87-90
Location
EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Chambolle Musigny 'Les Bas-Doix'
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 800 / BTL 72 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
72
Qty of btl
72
Btl price (HKD)
800
Score
BH88-91
Location
EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 'Derriere la Grange'
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 1,800 / BTL 28 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
28
Qty of btl
28
Btl price (HKD)
1,800
Score
BH91-93
Location
EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 'Les Borniques'
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 1,800 / BTL 57 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
57
Qty of btl
57
Btl price (HKD)
1,800
Score
-
Location
EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 'Les Charmes'
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 1,200 / BTL 118 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
118
Qty of btl
118
Btl price (HKD)
1,200
Score
BH90-92
Location
EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 'Les Charmes'
1500 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 2,600 / BTL 18 BTL available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
18
Qty of btl
18
Btl price (HKD)
2,600
Score
BH90-92
Location
EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 'Les Plantes'
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 1,100 / BTL 42 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
42
Qty of btl
42
Btl price (HKD)
1,100
Score
BH89-91
Location
EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 2,600 / BTL 5 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
5
Qty of btl
5
Btl price (HKD)
2,600
Score
BH91-94
Location
EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Clos St Denis Grand Cru
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 3,000 / BTL 12 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
12
Qty of btl
12
Btl price (HKD)
3,000
Score
BH91-94
Location
EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Clos St Denis Grand Cru
1500 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 6,500 / BTL 3 BTL available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
3
Btl price (HKD)
6,500
Score
BH91-94
Location
EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Morey St Denis
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 600 / BTL 63 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
63
Qty of btl
63
Btl price (HKD)
600
Score
BH87-89
Location
EP
2020 Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Morey St Denis
1500 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 1,300 / BTL 18 BTL available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
18
Qty of btl
18
Btl price (HKD)
1,300
Score
BH87-89
Location
EP
2019 Domaine Armand Heitz - Beaune 1er Cru 'Les Avaux'
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 580 / BTL 60 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
60
Qty of btl
60
Btl price (HKD)
580
Score
-
Location
EP
2020 Domaine Armand Heitz - Bourgogne Blanc
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 260 / BTL 120 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
120
Qty of btl
120
Btl price (HKD)
260
Score
-
Location
EP
2020 Domaine Armand Heitz - Chambertin Grand Cru
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 5,500 / BTL 18 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
18
Qty of btl
18
Btl price (HKD)
5,500
Score
-
Location
EP
2020 Domaine Armand Heitz - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru 'Tete du Clos'
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 1,200 / BTL 36 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
36
Qty of btl
36
Btl price (HKD)
1,200
Score
-
Location
EP
2020 Domaine Armand Heitz - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Blanc 'Morgeot'
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 1,200 / BTL 36 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
36
Qty of btl
36
Btl price (HKD)
1,200
Score
-
Location
EP
2020 Domaine Armand Heitz - Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Rouge 'Morgeot'
750 ml BOTTLE EP HKD 580 / BTL 96 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
96
Qty of btl
96
Btl price (HKD)
580
Score
-
Location
EP
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The 2020 vintage

We are delighted to offer you this, our 2020 vintage Burgundy ‘en primeur’ offer for Hong Kong. Our senior consultant Anthony Hanson MW’s report on the 2020 follows. I had the good fortune to spend a few days with Anthony in Burgundy during the summer of 2021 and we tased to together some 2020s from barrel at a few estates. Quality and style seems promising in both whites and reds and in all regions we tasted. Of course each producer has put their own stamp on the vintage, and we have real breadth and depth here – 26 estates. So there are many ways to participate in this vintage.

2020 Burgundy Growing Season and Harvest
Introduction by Our Resident Senior Consultant
Anthony Hanson MW

The weather was clement leading up to the all-important flowering period, which started early, in mid-May. It went through speedily and in favourable weather, which is always a key herald of fine quality. A successful flowering allows all the grapes in a given bunch to come to full ripeness together. It also enables growers to forecast when the grapes will change colour, come to maturity and need harvesting. So from late-May, it was evident that 2020 would be an early harvest. Plans could be laid for early holidaying, and for pickers to be booked for a mid- to late-August start to the vintage.

Temperatures, rain and sunshine fluctuated during June but summer was about to arrive. July was very dry and hot, with several heatwave moments, and some bunches were grilled by the sun. Early August remained dry and hot, and it became apparent that, without rain to swell the grapes, this would be a highly concentrated, low-yield vintage – as proved to be the case. 

It was the driest season since 1945, according to the Dijon weather station, with rainfall 50% down on recent levels, and 20% more sunshine than normal. Growers were concerned that the year might resemble 2003, when an August heat-wave caused leaves to wilt and grapes to shrivel. Fortunately, in 2020 the reserves of water in the soil allowed vines to withstand high temperatures with fortitude, to maximise their natural sugars and to ripen tannins and grape-skins. The dry weather allowed natural acidities to be concentrated, which was a crucial factor, giving superb balance in the resulting wines. On sorting tables, those grapes which had been sunburnt needed to be removed, but otherwise the bunches were immaculately healthy.

The 2020 Reds
Given the heat and dryness of the summer, we were concerned that some of reds would have become over-ripe, with alcohol levels which would dominate their fruit intensity, and that they might lack freshness. It has been a wonderful surprise to taste wines of such vivaciousness, where the terroir origins show forth brilliantly – in many cases, more clearly than in the two previous, powerful, sun-rich vintages, 2019 and 2018. 2020 red Burgundies have superb potential for ageing, and look destined to be hailed as one of Burgundy’s most exciting, recent years. There are great examples at First Growth and Grand Cru levels, and we will also be highlighting many village level and regional wines, which show beautiful quality and lovely value.

The 2020 Whites
In both 2019 and 2018, plentiful summer sunshine resulted in plump, rich wines, which are round and soft – in many cases, already making luscious drinking. The 2020 whites have intense fruitiness, with balancing, crisp, long aftertastes. Individual origins are more clearly delineated than in the two previous vintages. This is a real classic, which may be enjoyed while youthful, but where the best wines have superb concentration, and will age magnificently.

We know that frost damage in April 2021 will mean reduced availabilities of the 2021 vintage, which will be offered next year. Now is a good moment to stock up with 2020s, in both reds and whites, across the quality ranges.

Domaines on offer:
Alvina Pernot
Domaine Amiot-Servelle
Domaine Armand Heitz
Domaine Blain-Gagnard
Domaine Buisson-Charles
Domaine Christian Clerget
Domaine Claude Dugat
Domaine Comte de Vogüé
Domaine Bachelet
Domaine Emmanuel Rouget
Domaine des Epeneaux (Comte Armand)
Etienne Sauzet
Domaine Frédéric Esmonin 
Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy
Charles Van Canneyt
Domaine Launay-Horiot
Domaine Laurent Roumier
Les Horées
Château de la Maltroye
Domaine Paul Pernot
Domaine Perrot-Minot
Pierre Girardin
Domaine Tortochot
Vincent Dancer
Château du Moulin-a-Vent
Domaine Marcel Lapierre

 

Linden's Buying Guide for 2020 Burgundy En Primeur

We are delighted to offer you this, our 2020 vintage Burgundy ‘en primeur’ offer for Hong Kong. Our senior consultant Anthony Hanson MW’s report on the 2020 follows. I had the good fortune to spend a few days with Anthony in Burgundy during the summer of 2021 and we tased to together some 2020s from barrel at a few estates. Quality and style seems promising in both whites and reds and in all regions we tasted. Of course each producer has put their own stamp on the vintage, and we have real breadth and depth here – 26 estates. So there are many ways to participate in this vintage.

Yields are down on normal in 2020. This year that was caused by a lack of rain during summer, that led to a concentration in berries – sugars, fruit, flavour, and acidity. There is an intensity to the 2020s, but from what I tasted, also a harmony. But that low yield in 2020, combined with what will be an exceptionally low yield for some wines in 2021, means there is a bit of pressure on supply.

What to buy? That’s both hard and easy to answer. Easy, because quality is there across the regions, in both colours, and from regional ‘Bourgogne’ on up through village-level, 1er cru and grand cru. But I would encourage you to buy across these levels – not just because it makes the task of working out an allocation for you easier, but because you will want these wines in your cellar at all levels you drink. Secondly, I think you can really choose on the basis of your taste – the wines I tasted, and as Anthony reports, taste of their place. Terroirs come through in 2020. Finally, I think this is a good vintage in which to include a few things that you might not yet have had the chance to try – the Blain-Gagnard wines, which have just joined our portfolio, are classics, of high quality. Domaine Buisson-Charles, and Catharina Sadde’s ‘Les Horées’ also join the portfolio and are worth your attention. 

An offer, with pricing for Domaines Claude Dugat, Comte Goerges de Vogüé, Laurent Roumier, Perrot-Minot, and Pierre Girardin will follow in a few days’ time. Feel free to express your interest now in these wines.

As always we are here to help. You will be pleased you bought some 2020s when you begin pulling the corks in the future.

For full producer reviews and 2020 price list, 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 2018s 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. 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 2020, or got married, this is a very nice way to mark the occasion from the outset – investing in furture anniversaries and birthdays.