2011 Red Burgundy

A Beautiful Swan

2011 in Burgundy, as in Bordeaux, started out life as an unloved vintage. But recent tastings have shown that the 2011s are, in typical ugly duck Burgundy fashion, turning into beautiful swans now. These were always classic, ripe, fresh, aromatic wines. But today they have become really quite – whisper it! – seductive. The best are sensual, silky, perfumed and compelling. What’s more, the prices look very fair for wines with six or seven years bottle age.

For its combination of fair pricing, classic style and readiness, 2011 is my go-to vintage at present for both village wines (fully ready) and most Premiers Crus, which are showing very nicely but will also hold for another 7-10 years. I would only wait for the Grands Crus.

I have sorted my recommendations by producer below, but click here to view all 2011 Burgundy.

Denis Bachelet

2011 Bachelet, Denis: Cote de Nuits Villages

Bruno Clair

2011 Clair, Bruno: Gevrey Chambertin
2011 Clair, Bruno: Gevrey Chambertin, Clos du Fonteny, 1er Cru

Comte de Vogüé

2011 De Vogue, Comte Georges: Bonnes Mares, Grand Cru
2011 De Vogue, Comte Georges: Musigny, Vieilles Vignes, Grand Cru

Joseph Drouhin

2011 Drouhin, Joseph: Chambolle Musigny, 1er Cru
2011 Drouhin, Joseph: Nuits Saint Georges, Les Proces, 1er Cru
2011 Drouhin, Joseph: Beaune, Clos des Mouches Rouge, 1er Cru

Claude Dugat

2011 Dugat, Claude: Gevrey Chambertin
2011 Dugat, Claude: Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru
2011 Dugat, Claude: Gevrey Chambertin, Lavaux Saint Jacques, 1er Cru

Robert Groffier

2011 Groffier, Robert: Gevrey Chambertin `Seuvrées`
2011 Groffier, Robert: Chambolle Musigny, Les Sentiers, 1er Cru
2011 Groffier, Robert: Chambolle Musigny, Les Hauts-Doix, 1er Cru
2011 Groffier, Robert: Chambolle Musigny, Les Amoureuses, 1er Cru

Dominique Lafon

2011 Lafon, Dominique: Volnay, Lurets

Denis Mortet

2011 Mortet, Denis: Marsannay, Les Longeroies
2011 Mortet, Denis: Gevrey Chambertin
2011 Mortet, Denis: Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru
2011 Mortet, Denis: Gevrey Chambertin, Lavaux Saint Jacques, 1er Cru

Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

2011 Mugneret-Gibourg: Nuits Saint Georges, Les Chaignots, 1er Cru
2011 Mugneret-Gibourg: Gevrey Chambertin Premier Cru

JF Mugnier

Mugnier, Jacques-Frederic: Nuits St. Georges, Clos de la Marechale, 1er Cru

Best Wishes,

Nicholas Jackson
Wine Buyer