The following is our approximate release schedule/contents for 2023 – check back frequently the week before an issue release since this page is updated regularly – even with the time of release a day or two before it is available:
First Quarter Issue – 13 January 2023 @ 3:00 pm PST – Issue 89 – 2021 (with some 2020s revisited) Côte de Nuits Reds
Second Quarter Issue – 17 April 2023 @ 8:00 am PST – Issue 90 – 2021 (with some 2020s revisited) Côte de Beaune Reds; Champagne; Current Release California and Oregon Pinot Noir; and En Plus – More Current Release Burgundy
Third Quarter Issue – 13 June 2023 @ 10:30 am PST – Issue 91 – 2021 (with some 2020s revisited) Côte d’Or Whites; and Current Release California and Oregon Pinot Noir
NEXT: Fourth Quarter Issue – 16 October 2023 @ 1 pm PST – Issue 92 – 2022 Chablis, Mâconnais and Côte Chalonnaise (with some 2021s revisited); Current Release California and Oregon Pinot Noir; Current Release Champagne; En Plus – More Current Release Burgundy; En Plus – Other regions; and a Special Report on Current Release Beaujolais
In addition, each issue normally includes (subject to change without notice):
- A Vintage Report
- Weather and Harvest
- The Wines
- What to Buy
- A Recap of the Previous Vintage
- The En Plus section includes wines that are reviewed/tasted outside of the theme of the current issue; but are normally reviewed (i.e. Burgundy – red and white, Chablis, California Pinot Noir, Oregon Pinot Noir, Champagne, etc.)
- A Special Progress Report
TIMING OF WINE REVIEWS
It would be impossible for one person to offer reviews of thousands of burgundies all at once. Even if it was possible, Allen wouldn’t do it for the simple reason that no one can taste burgundies as early as some suggest and actually have a well-informed idea of what the wines are truly going to be like. Some reviewers taste at the en primeur tasting in London, but most serious burgundy collectors know that those samples are not always representative of the final wines. This is not a criticism of any reviewer who chooses to do so, but to point out there is “no free lunch” in wine journalism. Allen chooses to take the methodical route, going from cave to cave and tasting carefully and at the right time – not a “line ‘em up and knock ‘em down” approach. He never evaluates wines at trade tastings as it’s not an ideal approach. That explains why Allen spends nearly six months a year in Burgundy tasting grower by grower.
Allen tastes the majority of the white burgundies he reviews about 17 to 18 months after the harvest. The reason the whites are reviewed after the reds is that malos are typically (though not always) longer for whites. As such, a serious evaluation of the whites requires waiting until they have completed their malos. No wine will be reviewed if it has not yet finished its malos because there is enormous potential for a wine to radically change and evolve between the pre and post malo stages. This simple fact explains why Allen insists on tasting the whites after malo but as early as possible thereafter for pre-order and purchase. We understand, and fully respect, that some journalists claim that they can accurately review wines that are still in malo, or in some cases have not even started, yet we strongly believe that the results are suspect. This belief is substantiated by a steady stream of producers who comment on how different their wines are before and after the malos are completed. We appreciate that consumers would like to have individual wine reviews, as early as possible. At the same time, we believe that it is better to issue more accurate reviews later than make buying suggestions on wines that will typically be very different once the malos are complete.