13 January Please note that in some instances we may have tasted the same wine more than once. For the moment we are including all tasting notes. When everything is uploaded, we will review the lot and, if we decide a note looks a bit out of kilter, we may delete it.
8 January This year, rather than cluttering up our home page with all 15 tasting articles with our tasting notes on hundreds of wines from Burgundy's ultimately very successful 2016 vintage, we will publish only this guide to them on the home page. Just click on a link below to read the relevant article - or find it by clicking on 'Articles' above. (We have so many tasting notes that putting them all into one massive article would be unwieldy.)
Last autumn we went to Burgundy three times. Jancis and Tam went briefly in October, principally to support the Zimbabwean team that many of you so kindly helped in their quest to participate in the World Wine Tasting Championships. Jancis went again at the end of October with the Royal Household Wine Committee to taste at some of the more exalted domaines. And Jancis and Julia went at the end of November to complete the roster of producers whose wines are not usually shown in London during the Burgundy Week that begins today and now seems to extend well into a second week.
Even though the 2016 crop in the Côte d'Or was lamentably small, we know of at least 32 tastings of Burgundy 2016s in London (and one in Bristol) and attended seven of them in 2017. Tam, Emily and Francesca will be hard at work from today, adding the tasting notes from this year's burgundy tastings in London. So the tasting articles published today are very much unfinished, as the article titles indicate, but, particularly since the 2016s are in such short supply, we thought you would rather have access to our assessments of them as soon as possible than wait until they are all complete and copy-edited.
Our 15 tasting articles will continue to grow over the next two weeks, at the end of which Hawkeye Harding will do her best to correct the most serious errors – although she is due to go to New Zealand for a couple of weeks from 20 January so you may find these tasting articles (and everything else we publish while she's away) slightly messier than usual. Please don't hesitate to point out any errors you may spot via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Burgundy 2016 – UK merchants offering en primeur 8 January 2018
Burgundy 2016 – good news and bad 6 January 2018
Burgundy 2017 – when smoke saved grapes 11 November 2017
Time to buy Chablis 2014 and 2015 31 August 2017
Jacques Carillon – a vertical 26 August 2017