A GREAT VINTAGE FROM A SINGULAR YEAR. GREAT AGEING POTENTIAL.
One of the hottest years of the decade
The winter and the beginning of spring were remarkably warm with lots of sunshine. April felt more like June, allowing the vines to make rapid progress. May and June were more within normal ranges both in terms of temperature and rainfall, which enabled excellent progress in the growth of the vines.
The summer was less clement, the months of July and August were very hot and dry, with several heat waves leading to a considerable drought and, therefore, in most vineyards, a lower yield at harvest time.
Bud break: end of March
The grape harvest began in the third week of August and lasted several weeks as not all the plots had reached the same stage of maturity.
On the vines that had suffered a little more, yields may have been lower but the result was pure nectar, which has been confirmed for nearly every appellation in Bourgogne. Every year, our oenologists are eager to taste what these vines give us.
It's all well and good to have a lot of sunshine, but the vine suffers greatly in terms of plant growth, it is poorly nourished, and our vines are lean.
It is absolutely vital that we get back to years with a little more water to water everything if we want it to become sustainable.
White wines: A lovely, aromatic fruity complexity, with wonderful acidity. Very well balanced,with a quite classical freshness, as expected of a Bourgogne vintage.
Red wines: Good strong colours, the mark high anthocyanin content. Concentrated wines full of fresh, rich character. Aromatic richness redolent of black berry fruits such as blackberries, blueberries and black cherries.
The Chablis vineyard was no exception, the winter and the spring were relatively warm, with too little rainfall (very little rain all round, 56 mm and 115 mm in January and February and 50 mm for both March and April).
Temperatures returned to normal in May and June.
July and August saw a few hailstorms that had no significant impact, unlike the heat waves which had scorched the area.
The grape harvest began in the last week of August and the entire Chablis wine growing area was found to be in perfect condition.
In the end, it was a good quality harvest, although yields had never been so low.
Côte de Nuits
We had a little more rainfall on the Côte de Nuits than on the Côte de Beaune and in the Chablis area. Nevertheless, a lot of vines lost their leaves (20 to 30 cm of leaves remained at the top of the plant, which is not a lot).
A lot of shrivelled grapes owing to the drought, but the wine is excellent. It was an atypical year for every appellation in Bourgogne.
Côte de Beaune
The Côte de Beaune experienced a considerable drought, as did the Chablis area. A lot of vines therefore lost their leaves (20 to 30 cm of leaves at the top of the plant remained, which is not a lot).
A lot of "shrivelled" grapes owing to the drought, but the wine is excellent. It was an atypical year for every appellation in Bourgogne.
The Côte Chalonnaise is the area that suffered least from the drought with volumes close to the usual yields.
The southern Mâconnais suffered less from the drought and some villages received good rainfall in July (75 mm).
This made it possible to get a decent quantity and very good quality in these areas.
The winter and beginning of spring were mild with very low rainfall. The rains in March, accompanied by a great deal of sunshine, encouraged a very early bud break at the beginning of April and just as early a flowering at the end of May (three weeks earlier than normal).
The cool weather at the beginning of June was conducive to a very satisfactory condition in the vineyard and a good potential harvest.
In July and August, the high temperatures and occasional stormy rainfall led to a shortage of water that made the vines suffer, which considerably reduced the potential harvest that had been anticipated a few months earlier.
The grape harvest began on 20 August for the earliest sectors and on 29 August for the second zone that had suffered less from the heat with balanced ripeness and nicely pigmented juice. Lastly, the harvest in the third zone which is at a higher altitude started on 5 September with grapes that had had the benefit of more favourable weather conditions (cooler nights).