Burgundy 2022 En Primeur Vintage Report

Despite the precocious nature of the vintage and the heat spikes over the summer, the wines have a remarkable freshness. Generally, they are the most well-balanced wines of the recent run of warm vintages. Stylistically, they are along the lines of 2017 but with a little more concentration due to the smaller yields (2017 was very generous in red and correct in white).

Alcohol levels will rarely be above 13.5% and there is plenty of freshness thanks to the high level of natural tartaric acid in the wines. pH levels are generally low, indicating high and strong acidity. It seems to be a bit of a goldilocks vintage that should have broad appeal; not too rich, but not too lean.

Volumes are good if not spectacular. Most growers have made yields a little below the maximum permitted for each appellation. It’s not a huge vintage with vast quantities, but in comparison with 2021 (for whites especially) it is significantly larger.

It is important to remember that we won’t always see the full impact of a larger crop; many growers have been stung by recent short vintages and may keep more wine back. A number are considering doing this for commercial reasons as well, the idea being to keep some back for later releases at higher prices.

Prices look set to continue to rise at some addresses. Inflation in energy costs and dry materials are often cited as the reason behind this. Bulk prices, particularly for white Côte de Beaune wines – continue to explode, so those who buy grapes face the biggest challenge. Domaines who own their own vineyards are less affected, but some still use the bulk prices as a barometer when considering where to position themselves.