Ask Sid: Best vintages to buy for Champagne, White Burgundy & Red Burgundy?

November 27th, 2019
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Question: Want to buy some Champagne and white & red Burgundy for holiday gifts – and for myself. Would you please guide me to the best vintages to put away for cellaring?

Answer: Lucky you and your friends. Generally all Champagnes including non-vintage or multi-vintage together with a wider selection of growers are pretty reliable these days. The hot new vintage is 2012. Look for those as they are released. However you can’t go wrong with searching for any remaining 2008s. A classic structured year of remarkable balanced acidity plus power to provide outstanding complexity with further cellaring. Burgundy are becoming more and more expensive with a limited supply. As you know the producer can be as important or more so than the vintage. For whites though I would concentrate on impressive 2017 & treasures from 2014 – truly a wonderful collectible in Chablis too! For reds I would definitely focus on 2015 and save some budget by being patient to jump on the 2018 top crus coming down the pipeline. Check your valuable IWFS Vintage Card Chart too.

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November 27th, 2019

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