Ripe, full whites, though lacking acidity in certain cases. Volume may have been impacted, but quality was excellent: fresh, lively wines with vibrant acidity and excellent ageing potential. Despite the warmth, quality is outstanding. A few lack concentration. The wines are generous, charming and long, but have retained vivacity; the best will age very well. Prone to oxidation.

The resulting wines are ripe and generous, vividly fruity, without excess, and should age well. Best in Côte de Nuits (Gevrey, Vosne, Nuits). It is important to keep in mind that to review the wines of Burgundy, I choose 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. A catastrophic hail storm struck on June 28th, principally affecting Beaune, Pommard and Volnay, with minor damage on the hill of Corton. A wine specialist’s chart . Grands crus destined for long aging. Consistent quality across communes. Complex, complete whites with substance & equilibrium.

Some grapes “burnt” on the vine. Wines with marked ripeness, body & fruit. These vintage notes have been prepared by Andrew Jefford, Academic Advisor to the Wine Scholar Guild. That is what I strive to provide. A healthy crop was harvested in late August and September with excellent results overall: lush, generous, broad-beamed though sometimes heady wines. Hail damage in Volnay, Pommard. Best are balanced, offer considerable early pleasure; others lack acidity & will age rapidly. January was very mild (the warmest since 1945) and very wet. A colossally wet, mild January and March meant that there was considerable mildew pressure over spring, with the Côte de Nuits sustaining more damage from this than the Côte de Beaune. Extremely cold February injured old vines.

Two years is $260. Licensing fees are due should an entity use in excess of 100 wines at any given time, as determined and agreed between the parties. In contrast to the Côte d’Or and Chablis, the Mâconnais escaped the late April frosts – but growers there were no cheerier, as a comprehensive hail storm on the afternoon of April 13th had destroyed around 2,500 ha in the best, southern part of region (especially Pouilly-Fuissé, -Loché and –Vinzelles, and St Véran), meaning overall losses of 30 per cent for this sector. The consequent. Catastrophic hail on July 23rd caused comprehensive losses (up to 90% of the crop) around Beaune, and especially in Pommard and Volnay; the Côtes de Nuits, though, was unscathed. Rich wines, high alcohols, low acidity. July, August and September enjoyed normal rainfall but above-average sunshine hours and heat summations, but without drought problems following the ‘hot and tropical’ spring weather, according to Frédéric Barnier of Louis Jadot: “agronomically, it was perfect: just what we needed.” Harvesting in late August and September took place under unhurried conditions, with a number of producers blocking malolactic fermentations this year (unusual for white burgundy). July was a month of mixed but manageable weather, and August was warm, particularly later in month, bringing what had always been an early season to a successful close.

The vintage chart and harvest reports provided by the Wine Scholar Guild gives you the ranking for every French wine region and vintage from 2000 to today. Many good, balanced wines. Christie’s wine specialist Edwin Vos shares his personal notes, as well as those from the archives, ahead of the September 2016 Hong Kong auction of Historic Burgundies from the Bouchard Père & Fils reserves — featuring vintages from almost every decade since 1846 The 19th century. The harvest losses vary from 55 per cent for Chablis and Petit Chablis to 35 per cent for Premier Cru wines and 15 per cent for Grand Cru wines, making this the most difficult vintage for Chablis in terms of quantity since the 1950s.

Fleshy reds with fruit & ripe tannins. Many wines with early appeal. Commercial exploitation of content is strictly prohibited. Andy Howard tastes more than 30 red wines from the 2003 and 2004 vintages... A Decanter guide to Chablis Premier Cru . Having spent several weeks tasting the vintage and talking to growers, our Burgundy Buyer Adam Bruntlett provides a full run-down of the 2018 growing season in the Côte d’Or. After the warmest December to February quarter in over a century, spring turned cool, wet and gloomy. Uneven maturity. Best sites & those harvested later achieved adequate maturity. Most fruit was harvested in the latter part of September and early October as growers waited for acid levels to fall. Sign up for Wine Spectator’s Free Email Newsletters and stay up-to-date with all things wine.

Mixed summer until mid-August, then warm, dry September. Low yields, small berries with thick skins. Fully mature reds endowed with generous fruit & sensual texture. Drink: Can the wine be consumed now with pleasure. Always remember – keep the great wines for maturing – they do offer even a small part of the potential when they are young. The 2017 vintage produced a total of 1.508 million hectolitres of wine. Vintage Charts… (Written in 2010 for version 1.0) I thought that you didn’t like vintage charts?

Rainy April & June, difficult flowering. The crop was not as large as hoped due to continuing vine stress from 2014.

Round, fleshy wines with appealing fruit & delicacy. Good vintage. Mid-term aging potential.

Normal volume after short 2010. St.-Véran most successful; Pouilly-Fuissé falls short. The rest of summer was problem-free apart from some minor hail damage and later heavy rain close to Nuits on two occasions in July, and some young-vine parcels suffering from a little drought  stress in very free-draining sites. Drinkability: "NYR" means the vintage has not yet been released; "drink" means most of the wines of the vintage are ready to drink; "hold" means most of the ageworthy wines have yet to fully mature; "past peak" means most of the wines are declining rather than improving.

July was warm, but a hailstorm on the 23. Harvest took place in ideal conditions in early to late September, with cool nights keeping the fruit fresh after warm, sunny days. The annual cost for four quarterly electronic issues (and unlimited access to the database for the term of receipt of the four issues) is $145. I guarantee that every wine reviewed in the pages of, or in the database, has been personally tasted by me. Vintage ratings: 95-100, classic; 90-94, outstanding; 85-89, very good; 80-84, good; 75-79, … This was a generous harvest (21% up on 2016 for Burgundy’s white wines as a whole) of attractive, accessible wines. Harmonious, balanced wines of medium weight with attractive fruit. Difficult year with multiple climatic challenges. Challenging season, wet & cold summer. Here's your free guide to the most relevant vintages in the most significant regions. July, by contrast, was hot and sunny, helping the vines to catch up somewhat. Attractive, medium-weight wines. Large harvest in white and better overall quality than ’04 reds. Standouts are backward and have concentration & structure to permit long cellaring. After that, a difficult early summer was followed by a much more successful July and August, and quality was good, with fleshy yet fresh white wines making ideal mid-term drinking. And what makes them so good?” In other words, this is a site for burgundy and pinot enthusiasts – whether new enthusiasts or grizzled old guzzlers. What is Reviewed in the Pages of, Click here for more information and a sample. If you continue to use this site we will take this as your consent to our use of cookies.

4/5. The Côte de Nuits escaped – but was hit to a lesser extent around Chambolle on July 25th. The best wines are fresh, vital and energetic, with more length than amplitude. Cold locales and clay soils yielded best wines. Sign up for Wine Spectator’s Free Email Newsletters and stay up-to-date with all things wine. Best wines had depth, intensity & balance. Very hot July, wet & cool August, favorable September. July and early August were mixed, but the weather rapidly improved in late August and the harvest was picked in perfect conditions throughout September. Best in Meursault. Best reds are dense, perfumed, rich & sensual with fine-grained tannins. Quantities are lower than the long-term average, but this is a vintage of brightness, freshness and classicism. Wines were notably lighter than in 1966. Hail in Pommard and Volnay. Less consistent than their 2012 peers in red. The wines are supple and accessible in general, with the most fastidious viticulturalists controlling yield in order to maximise quality; the bumper crop and late-season rain, by contrast, may have diluted the harvest for the less proactive. Those in the south of the region with well-exposed vineyards who harvested before the heavy rains that fell over the first weekend of October made good wines despite the challenges; elsewhere, the wines were underripe and dilute. © Copyright 2020 Wine Spectator. The red wines are dark and, despite their rich constitution (Frédéric Barnier of Louis Jadot said it was the first time in 20 years he had not had to chaptalise any cuvée), fresh and vivacious too. Plenty to get excited about among premiers crus and village wines... Our experts found impressive 'village' wines from this vintage... How are the 2009 white Burgundies holding up? The main export continues to be the United States with 22% of total volume, helped by a favourable euro/dollar exchange rate.

Early flowering; cold, wet summer.

March, April and May were all wet, with flooding in some lower-lying vineyards. Clearly defined tiers of quality according to rank. Considerable variability. Comprehensive sorting (up to 20% of the harvest) was required, not only because of hail, but also because summer’s still, humid conditions provoked attack from Drosophila suzukii which can cause acid rot in the berries. Low yields. Volume 39% less than 5-year average. Unequal ripening favored best sites, old vines. Expressive, aromatic wines; a classic Chablis vintage combining substance & vivacity. Anormal year, highly precocious. A uniform success.

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