Our New Releases
One of the joys and advantages of being a 3D Partner is that you can enjoy an allocation of delicious wine from your chosen vineyards. When the wines are made by our vignerons, we release them in tranches.
Tranche 1 was in February/March and featured our wonderful wines from Bordeaux, the Loire Valley and Champagne.
Tranche 2 is nearly upon us and features the wines from Burgundy and Beaujolais.
“Good news, burgundy lovers …. 2016 is a seriously delicious vintage. Bad news, burgundy lovers: there is a serious shortage of wine.” – Jancis Robinson, world renowned wine critic, January 2018
Many of the wines we are offering from Burgundy and Beaujolais this year hail from the 2016 vintage. In summary, it was a small but joyful vintage. Nature gave on the one hand, but took away on the other after frost hit many of our vineyards. However, thanks to a very small crop and a wonderful ripening season, the wines are alive with gorgeous, fresh, vibrant flavours. Simply put, they are wines that give immense pleasure.
‘The whites from 2016 are sculpted and intense; the reds are poised, fresh and vivacious – as classical as you like.’ – Andrew Jefford, eminent wine author.
The 2015 vintage has also been much talked about and acclaimed. This dry, sunny, vintage has been one of the very best in the last three decades. There are some exciting wines that are deep in colour and sumptuously rich in flavour.
Jean-Michel Jacobs style of perfumed, bright red fruit flavours with subtle spices show through beautifully. It is supple, savoury and sensual. Cellaring potential: 8-10 years+ Only 115 cases available.
Hautes-Côtes de Beaune rouge 2016, Domaine Jacob
The benchmark for any vigneron worth their salt in Burgundy is the quality of their ‘basic’ villages wines. This one makes a stunning addition to any cellar. It has vivid summer fruit flavours and a creamy, juicy texture. Cellaring potential: 5-6 years. Only 90 cases available.
Maranges Bois de Clementine 2016, Domaine Chevrot
This rather rare appellation from the southern-most part of the Côte de Beaune packs incredible flavour and personality. The succulent dark and red fruits are underpinned by a classic Pinot undergrowth character. Cellaring potential: 10 years + Only 50 cases available.
Côte de Nuits-Villages blanc 2016, Domaine Désertaux Ferrand
Many of our partners know this wine well. It exceeds the appellation ‘status’ with wonderful ripe fruit flavours married with spicy, vanilla flavours of oak ageing. It’s a beautifully made, finely balanced white Burgundy that gives Meursault quality at a third of the price! Cellaring potential: 6-7 years+ 115 cases available.
Côte de Nuits-Villages rouge Les Perrières 2015, Domaine Désertaux-Ferrand
A stunning wine from a stunning vintage. It is beautifully made with a delicate, floral perfume. The fine, juicy tannins support the dark cherry and berry flavours, and there are hints of exotic spice. Worthy of this special vintage. Cellaring potential: 10 years+ 110 cases available.
Givry 1er Cru La Grande Berge 2016, Domaine Ragot
A Partner favourite for over twenty years. This is a delightful red Burgundy, one of the finest in the appellation. It shows a muscular depth and power but doesn’t lose the essential Pinot grace and finesse too. Cellaring potential: 10 years+ Only 35 cases available.
As with the Côte d’Or, frosts affected the region, followed by summer hail that struck the northern Crus. However, nature seemed to compensate for the chaotic weather; in the weeks leading up to harvest, the vineyards benefited from hot, dry weather in what turned out to be a true Indian summer. In fact it was the warmest September for 50 years. The perfect combination of slow ripening and cooler nights meant that the bunches could attain optimum maturity and an agreeable freshness.
The 2016 vintage is beautifully seductive. It offers fine and supple tannins as well as delicious red and black fruit flavours. The Gamay grape offers energy, sappiness and bounce: ‘It shows a perfect balance of freshness and gourmandise. We are delighted!’ observed Arnaud Desprès of Domaine de la Madone in Fleurie. For many observers, it could be the best vintage since the legendary 2011.
Fleurie Vielles Vignes 2016, Domaine de la Madone
Perfumed, spicy and supple with a good concentration of dark, brambly fruit. There is a touch of juicy reds too. There’s plenty of structure here for development, but it’s just as delicious young. The Despres own some of the best terroir in Fleurie. Cellaring potential: 7 years+ 150 cases available
Côte de Brouilly des Lys 2016, Domaine les Roches Bleues
This most southerly Cru was not affected by hail and as a result yields were excellent. Traditionally, our exclusive ‘des Lys’ takes a little time to show us its best qualities. However, there’s an abundance of fresh, dark cherry fruit with blueberry and strawberry and a long, mineral finish. Cellaring potential: 8 years+ 95 cases available
Morgon la Roche Briday 2017, Domaine de Colonat
Our exclusive Morgon has been a firm favourite for many years. This 2017 vintage has been described as joyful and opulent; a fitting follow up to 2015 and 2016. However, due to frost and hail, the quantities are very small. It has a long, pure and vibrant finish – expect to savour lots of delectable cherry and summer fruits. Cellaring potential: 6-8 years+ Only 95 cases available.
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