Like fashion mavens with collections or petrol heads on car models, wine experts love to get worked up about Burgundy vintages. 

The producer is often more relevant, especially in this complex and fragmented region. 

Buying wine en primeur – aka ‘in advance’ or ‘wine futures’ – may be associated with spare cash and large cellars. Critics’ reports and buying from a reputable merchant are the most important factors. Many relatively inexpensive Burgundy 2011 wines are also available en primeur. 

The point is to obtain wine that may not be available by the single bottle on release, to buy cases of wine you like to have in your cellar or to buy for investment to sell on later (hopefully at a profit).   

Burgundy is all about family business, multi-ownership of plots, terroir and winemaking. Like Pucci patterns, the whole is more than the sum of the parts. 

Recommendations from this week’s Burgundy 2011 en primeur tastings in London include domaines: Jean-Noel Gagnard, David Moreau, Sylvain Cathiard, Jean-Marc Boillot, de Montille, Fontaine Gagnard, Taupenot Merme and Sebastien Dampt

These wines are available from Armit Wines and Berry Bros. and Rudd, top London merchants with some of the best ranges of fine wines from all world regions including Burgundy. Armit runs regular consumer tastings – for details see the website. Berrys has an extensive calendar of lunches, dinners and events – see the website.

For recommendations at all price levels, read reports on the Burgundy 2011 vintage and notes from the en primeur tastings, on the websites of UK wine writers Tim Atkin MW and Jancis Robinson MW.

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