• Red Burgundy Secret of '16:  Cornu Bourgogne Rouge Les Barrigards

    Red Burgundy Secret of '16: Cornu Bourgogne Rouge Les Barrigards

    Lessons are continually being learned as a retailer. Vivid recollections of tasting the 2013 and 2014 Edmond Cornu Bourgogne Rouge put the domaine on my radar. Small purchases of each proved to be great buys and immediately found devoted supporters. The problem was additional wines had vanished from iconic importer Neal Rosenthal in a matter of weeks after both initial spring purchases.

    With the anticipated 2016 release on the horizon I was not going to find myself back in that position again. So, I capitalized and went deep on what's clearly a perfect storm vintage for the Bourgogne Rouge category, from a Pinot Noir-focused producer who hits every mark, every single year.

    At $29 per bottle, and down to $26.99 on 6 bottles or more, Cornu's 2016 Bourgogne Rouge is simply the best buy in this category.

    Edmond Cornu's fame is largely centered around his terrific Grand Cru Corton. His Les Barrigards Bourgogne Rouge is sourced from a single vineyard of old vines nearby. Each year it delivers everything we love about Côte de Beaune exotically spiced Pinot Noir, but in 2016 everything is extremely amplified.

    Vintages like 2005, 2009, and now 2015 and 2016 are ideal to go all-in on the Bourgogne level red wines. Any deficiencies that other vintages may reveal are completely wiped away. Concentration is intensified. Texture is deepened. Finishes are lenghtened. The wines are at their most complete and they continue to bring pleasure for years. A bottle of 2005 Lafarge Bourgogne Rouge illustrated that truth perfectly earlier this year.

    Among Burgundy collectors and purists Cornu is a legend. The wines capture the soul of place as well as any. The domaine was founded in 1875, and in 1959 Edmond moved to bottle instead of selling off grapes to negociants which had been the common practice until that point. Although his Grand Cru Corton reaches the greatest heights, the Les Barrigards at less than 20% of the price is the wine deserving of a corner in every Burgundy lover's cellar. The 2016 is simply the greatest argument to date for not letting these get away.
    Posted by Alexander Rosen