Burghound Allen Meadows 2020
“I was again impressed with the quality”
Red Wines
2020 Beaune 1er cru “Les Teurons”: (from a .27 ha holding). Markedly ripe yet exuberantly fresh aromas include those of poached plum, black raspberry liqueur and warm earth hints. The sleek, delicious and vibrant middle weight flavors possess a beguiling texture while offering very good depth and persistence. This is atypical but excellent in its fashion. Note as well that the supporting tannins are sufficiently fine that this could easily be enjoyed young. 91 points/2027+ 

2020 Beaune 1er cru “Champs Pimont”: (from a .63 ha holding). This is aromatically quite similar to the Teurons but slightly spicier. On the palate there is a bit more volume with a lovely minerality suffusing the medium-bodied flavors that exude a hint of mocha on the youthfully austere, long and slightly more tightly wound finale. This is ripe but not too ripe and should repay up to a decade of keeping. 92 points/2028+ 

2020 Volnay 1er cru: (from young vines in Taillepieds). This is riper still while still retaining good freshness on the liqueur-like aromas of black cherry and poached plum. There is excellent intensity to the attractively textured flavors that, despite the young vines, possess good mid-palate density before concluding in a dusty, even chalky, finale. This mineral-driven effort could easily be enjoyed early on. 89 points/2026+ 

2020 Volnay 1er cru “En Carelle”: (from Carelles sous la Chapelle). Cooler but certainly ripe aromas display a pretty array of spice elements that add breadth to the aromas of black raspberry and violet. The super-sleek, intense and wonderfully textured middle weight flavors possess a lacy mouthfeel yet there is good delineation to the mineral-driven finale. Lovely. 92 points/2027+

2020 Volnay 1er cru “Clos de la Chapelle”: (a .55 ha monopole). An overtly floral-suffused nose blends both ripe red and dark cherry aromas with those of anise and an interesting hint of orange peel. The rich but lilting medium-bodied flavors coat the palate with sappy dry extract that buffers the moderate firm but fine-grained tannins shaping the impressively persistent finish where the only reproach is a touch of warmth. 93 points/2028+ 

2020 Volnay 1er cru “Les Taillepieds vieilles vignes”: A deft application of wood sets off ripe and fresh aromas of violet, black berry liqueur and a beautiful array of spice elements. There is excellent punch and delineation to the chiseled and intensely mineraldriven medium weight flavors that possess the innately refined texture of a fine Taillepieds, all wrapped in a moderately austere, sleek and strikingly long finale. This concentrated effort is very classy juice that should amply reward 10 to 12 years of keeping. 94 points/2030+ 

2020 Pommard 1er cru “Les Chanlins vieilles vignes”: (from a .25 ha parcel). A cool, pretty and airy nose freely offers up notes of black pinot fruit, earth, anise and discreet floral wisps. The mouthfeel of the middle weight flavors is again quite sleek though in this case there is a taut muscularity that carries over to the equally chiseled, moderately austere and compact finale. This is also a really lovely effort that isn’t quite as mineral-driven as the Taillepieds, but it displays equally good development potential. 93 points/2030+ 

2020 Pommard 1er cru “Les Grands Epenots”: This is very ripe yet still manages to retain reasonably good freshness on the combination of black raspberry, cassis and warm earth scents. There is excellent vibrancy and solid density to the succulent, round and powerful larger-scaled flavors that exhibit fine length on the dusty and youthfully austere finale. This is sufficiently structured to require 12 to 15 years of keeping yet the mid-palate concentration is such that it could be approached after only 4 to 5 years. 92 points/2032+ 2020

2020 Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru: Moderate wood influence is present on the ripe aromas of both red and black currant, spice, floral and vague sauvage hints. There is outstanding size, weight and volume to the caressing but overtly powerful and muscular bigbodied flavors that coat the palate while delivering first-rate depth and persistence on the firmly structured finale. This is very Corton in style but with the touch of refinement that is Bressandes. 94 points/2032+

White Wines
2020 Beaune 1er cru “Les Reversées”: Ripe and nicely fresh aromas of straw, white peach, citrus confit and a whiff of acacia lead to vibrant and attractively rich middle weight flavors that conclude in a youthfully austere and sneaky long finale. While this should be capable of repaying 3 to 5 years of keeping, it should also drink reasonably well shortly after release. 89 points/2024+ 

2020 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er cru “Sous Frétille”: This is aromatically similar to the Les Reversées but with notably more citrus influence. There is better detail and more prominent mineral streak to the impressively intense medium weight flavors that deliver solid length on the clean, dry and youthfully austere finale. This could use better depth, but more should reasonably develop if allowed a few years of cellaring. 90 points/2025+ 

2020 Corton-Charlemagne: Grand Cru (from En Charlemagne in Pernand). A subtle but not invisible application of wood surrounds the aromas of just sliced green apple, mineral reduction and a similar array of citrus elements. There is first-rate intensity to the broad-shouldered and powerful flavors that deliver excellent length on the stony, clean and very dry but not especially austere finale. Like the Sous Frétille, this could use better depth but in this case, more will also certainly develop in time. 93 points/2028+