Australia’s Burgundy lovers have not only benefited from a strong exchange rate but also from a growing number of specialist importers who are really doing their homework on the ground in Burgundy. These talented importers are bringing an exciting array of Burgundies to Australian consumers, as highlighted by a recent Sommeliers Australia tasting of 13 Red and White Burgundies conducted by Est sommelier Franck Moreau.

Taking the time to building strong ties with Burgundian producers is essential for securing decent allocations, as top quality wines are quickly snapped up. In recent decades a growing number of boutique wineries and small negociants have transformed the Burgundian wine market and in the process greatly improved the overall quality of the wines. But whilst this trend is great news for consumers, it’s made navigating an already small and fragmented landscape even more challenging. Hence, the need for dedicated Australian importers who are able to bypass traditional distribution channels and deal directly with the boutique producers individually.

All three of the excellent Chablis wines at the tasting, for example, were made by small producers. One of the finest examples was the fresh, pristine, minerally 2011 Gilbert Picq Chablis Vielle-Vignes. It’s made from 50+ year old vines from the Picq family’s 11 ha of holdings, just 5 kms outside of the grand crus town of Chablis. Winemaker Didier Picq is regarded as one of Chablis most talented winemakers and many critics argue that his wines are greatly undervalued for the quality. In Australia the Chablis is avalaible Randall’s Wine Merchants for around $50 a bottle.

Colin-Morey Chassagne Montrachet

Côte de Beaune’s Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey is also recognised as one of Burgundy’s most exciting young producers. He worked for his father’s Domaine Marc Colin for just over 10 years before starting his own domaine in 2005 with six hectares … Read the rest