There is huge excitement around the 2019 vintage in Burgundy, which has produced stunning wines. Sadly, yields were down significantly with the characteristics of the vintage resulting in smaller and more intense berries. The third vintage in a row with warm weather, the 2019s are outstanding wines that manage to be ripe and concentrated, while also retaining acidity and freshness.
Due to Covid restrictions, we were unable to taste the 2019s as extensively as we usually do, but we did manage to taste a broad sample across the main regions and appellations. One of the absolute highlights for us were the wines of Francois Lumpp.
Based in the appellation of Givry, Francois Lumpp is one of the top producers in the Cote Chalonnaise. Over the last few decades, the domaine has replanted their vines with high quality vine material from some of the top producers in the Cote de Beaune. No herbicides have been used for over 15 years and the domaine practices organic viticulture but may use synthetic fungicides in difficult vintages.
William Kelley of the Wine Advocate said that with brother and sister, Pierre and Anne-Cécile Lumpp taking over the reins, “the 2019 vintage confirms that they are building on the success of their parents, as it's the most brilliant I've ever tasted at this address.”
We are thrilled to offer the Francois Lumpp Givry 1er Cru A Vigne Rouge 2019, which blew us away when we tasted it last December. Wonderfully concentrated and structured, it’s drinking beautifully now, but can also age for decades. It is, in our opinion, one of the most incredible hidden gems in Burgundy
Scoring 94 points, William Kelley wrote, “The finest wine I have ever tasted from this important estate is the 2019 Givry 1er Cru A Vigne Rouge, a striking cuvée that wafts from the glass with aromas of cassis, plums, wild berries, sweet soil tones and spices. Medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated, it's bright and vibrant, with superb depth at the core and a long, penetrating finish.” - Wine Advocate, July 2021
The wine is an absolute steal at £33.50 per bottle (or £150 in-bond for a case of 6), and is easily one of the best values in Pinot Noir and Burgundy.