Burgundy, France produces some of the most sought-after wines in the world. Grand and Premier Cru Pinot Noirs need time to age before blossoming into elegance. Vibrant acidity gives these wines decades to develop in the cellar allowing time for dense tannins to soften and integrate while maintaining fresh fruit character.
Here are 10 of the best cellar-worthy Burgundy wines to invest in for future enjoyment.
Château de Pommard 2018 Clos Marey-Monge Monopole (Pommard); $151, 96 points. Power and freshness collide in this voluptuous, sun-drenched Pinot Noir sourced from a blend of plots in Clos Marey-Monge, a walled monopole located at the base of the Pommard slope. It offers intensely rich, pulsating blackberry and blueberry flavors lifted by streaks of char, smoke and cut stone. With a bristling acidic edge and fine-grained but densely packed tannins, the wine should improve and gain further perfume and nuance from 2024–2038. Vivant Wines Inc. Cellar Selection. —Anna Lee C. Iijima
Domaine Bertagna 2018 Grand Cru (Clos Saint-Denis); $350, 95 points. This Grand Cru in the village of Morey Saint-Denis has produced a powerful, dense and bold wine, reflecting the concentration of the vintage. Rich and structured, the bold mixed berry flavors and smoky spice promise aging potential. Drink from 2026. Taub Family Selections. Cellar Selection. —Roger Voss
Domaine Pierre Gelin 2018 Clos de Meixvelle Monopole (Gevrey-Chambertin); $90, 95 points. Wisps of freshly picked violets and crisp black plums gain ripeness and concentration in this mineral Pinot Noir. Vinified via indigenous yeast and matured for 20 to 24 months in used oak, it’s penetrating in fruit yet sheer and crystalline, edged by a salty spray of crushed stone and fine-tipped tannins that linger on the finish. Beautiful already, the wine should improve through 2030 and hold further. Winebow Imports. Editors’ Choice. —A.I.
Joseph Drouhin 2019 Clos des Mouches Premier Cru (Beaune); $150, 95 points. This powerful, ripe Pinot Noir is a bold expression of the famed vineyard. Rich in extraction, the fleshy, velveteen sip is packed with black cherry and blueberry flavors accented by charred earth, crushed peppercorn and anise. Fine-grained but furry tannins are approachable young, but this solidly built wine should hit peak from 2024 through 2035 and hold much longer still. Dreyfus, Ashby & Co. Cellar Selection. —A.I.
Albert Bichot 2019 Domaine du Pavillon Clos des Ursulines Monopole (Pommard); $89, 94 points. Dustings of crushed stone, ash and violet petals introduce this red-berried, satiny sip sourced from the southern end of Pommard near Volnay. Red-cherry and red-plum flavors on the palate are ripe but youthful and pure, accented by hints of fur and smoke and a lingering frame of fine-grained, sharply lingering tannins. It should approach peak by 2023 and improve through at least 2035. Albert Bichot USA. Cellar Selection. —A.I.
Edouard Delaunay 2018 Les Frémiers Premier Cru (Pommard); $120, 94 points. Sourced from vines adjacent to Les Frémiers climat in Volnay, this supple, decadently black-berried Pinot Noir shares the same smoky, truffly nuances and fresh-footed flair that you might expect there. It’s ripe but catapulted by a zesty spine of acidity. Soft, delicately charry tannins linger on the finish. While a bit tightly wound now, the wine should approach peak from 2023–2028 and hold further. Total Wine & More. Cellar Selection. —A.I.
Georges Glantenay 2019 Les Santenots Premier Cru (Volnay); $105, 94 points. From old vines, this structured wine has great concentration. The tension between the fruit and oak aging promises well for the future, giving the potential for richness and the velvet character that can come from this vineyard. Drink from 2024. Misa Imports. Cellar Selection. –R.V.
Domaine Lejeune 2019 Les Poutures Premier Cru (Pommard); $65, 93 points. Just below Les Rugiens and close to the village, this vineyard has produced a soft style for a Pommard. It emphasizes richness as much as structure, with full-bodied black fruits and a juicy aftertaste. Tannins show at the end, promising further aging. Drink from 2024. Misa Imports. Cellar Selection. —R.V.
Philippe Colin 2019 Santenay; $60, 93 points. Decadent notes of rum and toasted coconut accent ripe, rich black-cherry and plum flavors in this wine. A blend of Pinot Noir from the En Boichot and Les Prarons Dessus vineyards located in the periphery of Santenay’s Premier Cru site, the deeply concentrated red is framed by fine, silky tannins and bright acidity. Ready now, it should maintain peak through 2029. Cape Classics. —A.I.
Domaine Dominique Guyon 2018 Les Dames de Vergy (Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits); $30, 92 points. This rich, densely textured wine is impressively ripe. Its tannins are still young and will sustain further development. With plenty of red cherry fruitiness to balance the structure, it will age further. Drink from 2022. Taub Family Selections. Cellar Selection. –R.V.
Published: November 3, 2021