Nope, that’s not the vintage 2018 already, rather the 2018 version of Burgundy’s Cave Prestige, which mainly covers wines of the 2016 vintage.
Apparently this is the 47th year that the cave prestige has been assembled; it consists of two tasting panels – a smaller one doing the first triage and larger group who provide the final thumbs up. For this, the 2018 version, they began with 1,138 samples, which they whittled down to the 218 ‘winners’ which they presented at a large tasting today in Beaune. These wines will be used to ‘represent’ Burgundy in tastings around the world in the coming 12 months. The BIVB says that they ‘buy all the wines selected for the Cave de Prestige. In 2018, almost 14,500 bottles were purchased.‘
From my tasting of (mainly) the the whites, there’s nothing here that I wouldn’t happily quaff and, of-course, some are very, very good indeed! There were also a few 2015s and 2014s but for simplicity’s sake – I only tasted 2016s. It turns out that I really only tasted whites too – the time available (and come to think of it my liver) didn’t allow me to fully explore both – but it’s summer – so white it was! But to finish I did try a couple of reds – one because, naturally, I liked the label and the other because I did the triage and it’s a great wine probably because of that 🙂
My notes on the whites of this 2018 Cave Prestige will be published in my June subscriber’s report – the May report will out first, of-course, next week.
2015 Camille Giroud, Santenay 1er La Comme
A modest width of aroma. Hmm, lots of freshness over the palate but there’s depth and intensity too – this blend of energy and delicious flavour, it’s not just captivating, it’s brilliant for the Santenay label. Really excellent wine.
Rebuy – Yes
2016 Cave de Mazenay, Bourgogne Côtes du Couchois Les Parisiennes
It’s the funkiest label of the day – by far – so I’ll try this one!
Really quite a modest nose – not too much to see though on the other hand, nothing negative, either. On the palate there’s a fresh, mouth-filling volume, no hard edges, a little drag to the texture from the tannin, but essentially here is simple, dark-flavoured wine of fun. Nice!
Rebuy – Maybe