Secondly, the atmosphere is less humid than the previous year, precipitating less frost formation. Why? Early maturing and accesable. Irregular, even among the best wines. The 2018 Burgundy vintage was healthy and plentiful, so some producers are starting to sell these bottles earlier than normal in order to build a financial buffer before the 2019 vintage is released. How much effect this has on the wines as they age is difficult to say with any great certainty. In 2016, damp and miserable conditions set in immediately after the frost, while 2017 saw an extended period of warm, dry weather which made the rest of the season much more manageable. At all levels, they are simply the kind of red wines you can’t help but want to drink, and the regional wines will be ready from 2019. Chablis 2016 & 2015: Quality Over Quantity, Stephen Tanzer, August 2017 Burgundy 2017 overview – part 2 7 January 2019. Burgundy 2017 – UK merchants offering en primeur 17 January 2019 (updated to include merchants offering wines imported by Vindependents) Burgundy 2017 – when smoke saved the grapes 11 November 2017. Mildew, seemingly an ever-present threat nowadays, was not therefore a significant threat this year and any outbreaks could be treated quickly because the dry conditions made access to the vineyards straightforward. Powered by WordPress and Manifest, The 2017 vintage in Burgundy was excellent, providing both quality, quantity and relief for the region’s vignerons. Read more about the vintage here. Current condition: Ready to drink, will keep. But frankly, at least at the very top, I cannot see it happening in the near future, because if money is no object, then what motivates your purchase? Find out what the wines are like and why this vintage should not be missed. Third, there is a light but important wind, and air keeps circulating. When producers like Freddy Mugnier say “I think these were the best, most healthy, grapes I have ever picked” you sit up and take notice. Similarly, Lafarge-Vial made just 8hl/ha in some of their Chiroubles and Fleurie vineyards, while some parts of the Côte du Py were also badly affected. There was nothing to trip winemakers up, no curveballs to send them off course, apart from controlling vigour in parcels affected by the previous season’s frost where vines tried to compensate for the preceding year’s shortfall. “I’ve used up my quota with Brexit, and fat lot of good that’s done. Where available, wind turbines are switched on and candles lit. This is good news if you are interested in buying 2018 wines, as you may see more of these on the market a little sooner than expected. The season began and finished early with harvest commencing at the end of a rather warm August. Often that freshness manifests citrus flavours, sorbet-like traits of orange zest or blood orange that infuse the fruit. Warm, dry weather prevails. It’s a solar vintage, but not extrovert. Firstly, the temperatures are not quite as low as in 2016, and there is a big difference between -1/-2°C and -6°/-8°C, which is so cold that any remedial action is futile. Flowering was a little earlier here than elsewhere, and the long, hot summer caused some drought stress to what was in general a … For whites it was clear that it was important to preserve acidity and freshness, as there was no rain on the immediate horizon. Ahead of the release of the 2017s en primeur, our Buyer Adam Bruntlett provides a detailed run-down of the exact conditions that made it such a success, The whites are excellent; the best vintage since 2014 and amongst the best of the last 20 years, with Chablis particularly strong, The reds are elegant and fresh with delicate red fruit and a transparency that reflects the, Volumes are broadly very good, without being excessive; although Chablis and the Beaujolais quantities were reduced by frost and hail respectively. Rarity. Unbiased, professional tasting notes, reviews, articles, videos, daily news and much more. Picking teams must be in the right place at the right moment: easier said than done, especially in a harvest with large volumes. This has given wines which have such perfect balance that they are a joy to taste now but will age wonderfully for many years. The extended period of cold was typical of a traditional spring frost, a sharp contrast to 2016’s freak “burning” frost. However, I want to mention Nuits Saint-Georges, since it does not receive its fair share of recognition. If 2016 tested the faith and resolve of winemakers in Burgundy, 2017 has to be seen as recompense, and as a miracle of sorts. Before mentioning harvest dates, I would like to provide some clarification because, with earlier and earlier harvests, this is a subject of much debate in Burgundy, with growers arguing between themselves about whether their neighbours pick too late or too early. The 2017s are unquestionably fresh. It is difficult to say exactly who was right, but there were certainly two camps and it is true that good wines have been made with both approaches. Sorry to my friends overlooking the Gironde: Bordeaux does not possess it. The Mâconnais, Beaujolais and Côte de Nuits were largely unaffected. Burgundy 2017 vintage report – in perspective September 27, 2018; Burgundy 2017 vintage report – impressions June 1, 2018; Articles about the 2017 vintage. Bumper crops have boosted yields back up to the levels we’ve come to expect from the historic region, especially after the short crop of 2016. In Chablis, this warm, dry weather allowed the vines to recover and regain their strength, and interestingly the frosted wines show greater concentration than their peers but lack the slightly angular, ill-at-ease and disjointed nature of their predecessors, as though the season itself is imprinted on the wines. Vintage Report 2017 – latest edition. After a week in the Côte d'Or we've got the measure of 2017. Further south, Thibault Liger-Belair lost so much fruit to the hail in Moulin-à-Vent that it cost him more to send pickers into the vines than he will make from selling the wine. After seven years of crops shrunk by hail, frost, rot and nasty insects, 2017 has delivered a generous Burgundy vintage. The aim was twofold: firstly to raise the temperature by a few degrees, and secondly to create thick cloud cover in order to avoid the burning effect of the rising sun’s rays the day after, thus avoiding a repeat of 2016. 2017; Vintage Report Burgundy 2017 Beguiling Burgundian Elegance. After the bruising experience that was the 2016 vintage, 2017 represented a relatively easy ride for most of Burgundy’s vignerons – at least for those in the Côte d’Or and Mâconnais, although Chablis and the Beaujolais suffered once again at the hands of mother nature. Terms & Conditions, “Lucky? For Burgundy, the 2017 vintage was generally very good.. By George Stewart. Between 19th and 21st April the mercury dropped to minus 6°C for three consecutive nights; the consequent frost affecting around 20 percent of the Chablis appellation despite growers lighting candles, turning on water aspersion systems and burning straw bales. After the bruising experience that was the 2016 vintage, 2017 represented a relatively easy ride for most of Burgundy’s vignerons – at least for those in the Côte d’Or and Mâconnais, although Chablis and the Beaujolais suffered once again at the hands of mother nature.. Julian Haart : One of the finest producter in Mosel Recent Purchase : Opus One 2013 Ex-Estate Recent Arrivals : Bordeaux 2017. Our Burgundy 2017 En Primeur offer will launch on Thursday 3rd January at bbr.com/burgundy2017. Thierry Brouin at LVMH-owned Clos des Lambrays in Morey-St-Denis believes 2014 is a great vintage that may be overlooked after all the praise already being heaped on the Burgundy 2015 crop. As a result, whites picked at 55hl/ha are often quite concentrated, while reds at the same level may be somewhat lighter. © Berry Bros. & Rudd Wine Blog. 2017 Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune, Vieilles Vignes, Cuvée 2, Domaine Sébastien Magnien, Burgundy. Description. Consequently, this is not a season where I can really single out one appellation’s superiority. As there was no frozen water on the buds, there was no magnifying effect and consequently no burning effect on the vines as the sun rose the following day. Burgundy became accustomed to empty cellars and furrow-browed winemakers bemoaning how hail, frost or mildew depleted and sometimes eradicated entire, The 2017 reds are very good, often excellent, and from time to time, bloody awesome. A couple of different theories exist as to why and how catastrophe was averted. We have only just returned from our annual pilgrimage to Burgundy but the en primeur campaign is already looming large. It does not matter where you go in the world: winemakers perceive Burgundy as the apotheosis of viticulture, the purest manifestation of, Is the bubble going to burst? Vintage Score Drink Window Description; Vintage 2017: Score 94: Drink Window Drink or hold: Description. They are packed with delicate red berry fruit, subtle but chalky tannins, crisp acidity and modest alcohol levels. It sounds crude, like a lost scene from, By June 20, bunches are beginning to close. By the middle of August, however, it was clear that ripeness was arriving quickly, and an early harvest was in the offing. However, from extensive tasting across the Côte, it certainly seems from the autumn 2018 barrel tastings that waiting longer did not have a detrimental impact on acid/alcohol balance, and has in fact added an extra layer of density and smoother tannins. The whites are undoubtedly the stars, particularly Chablis, surpassing even the 2014s in all-round balance – which, while receiving intellectual acclaim, appear austere in comparison to 2017. Actually there are far fewer 19/20 wines in 2018 than in 2017 – but hey! Early maturing and accesable. As soon as news reached Bordeaux, proprietors were hands clasped and on their knees praying for similar prices next. Alas, the middle of April saw temperatures plummet across France, rarely rising above freezing point for around two weeks. One factor rarely mentioned in reports and yet fundamental to quality is this: Can you recruit sufficient numbers of good pickers? Then I bid on those bottles of 1945 Romanée-Conti. The winter of 2016-17 was cool and sunny, with less rainfall than average. Nearly all wines reached phenolic ripeness by early September and I cannot recall a single, Of course, the headlines are dominated by the transition of Burgundy from a region with niche appeal, too Byzantine for all but nerdy oenophiles, to the Holy Grail of viticultural regions. There’s a difference in the wine world between a good year and a very good year. Theoretically, it must at some point. Comte Georges de Vogüé 2017s – bottled and delightful September 24, 2019; Burgundy .. 2017 and a look at 2018 February 16, 2019 90I 2015: Beaujolais. The 2016 growing season was widely considered to be awful and, by 2017, the vines were still in a state of recovery. 83E 2014: Portugal Vintage … A shorter version of this article is published by the Financial Times.. Vine growers on the Côte d’Or seemed unusually cheerful last week. In the Côte d’Or, Arnaud Ente was among the first to begin picking, starting around 25th August, with Dominique Lafon beginning three days later. Burgundy 2017: vintage report After the bruising experience that was the 2016 vintage, 2017 represented a relatively easy ride for most of Burgundy’s vignerons – at least for those in the Côte d’Or and Mâconnais, although Chablis and the Beaujolais suffered once again at the hands of mother nature. Guy Seddon, Corney & Barrow Fine Wine, gives his insight into the Burgundy 2017 Vintage. Lucien Le Moine 2017 Joseph Roty's Gevrey Chambertin Champs Chenys in a span of vintage. She attempted a repeat of 2016’s frost damage. The truth, however, is that 2017 came perilously close to repeating the disaster of 2016. As the 2017 vintage is due to be released in January, our attentions turn to expressing the qualities of this vintage, penning our vintage report and tasting notes. I got a crumpled supermarket receipt for packet of celery and bin liners that allegedly fell out of Jayer’s pocket around 1992. The benign growing season predicates one of the most consistent vintages I can remember in 20 years of visiting Burgundy. Many, like Arnaud Mortet, Véronique Drouhin, Jean-Michel Chartron and Jean-Louis Trapet, speak of solidarity between winemakers. By the third week of March, buds were swollen throughout the Côte d’Or, heraldi Vintage 2017: Score 94: Drink Window Drink or hold: Description Ripe, fleshy wines with … Fortunately, the regularity of hail damage means that growers are used to it and can deal effectively with the effects, using sorting tables and careful selection to eliminate damaged fruit and minimise the impact on the finished wine. Thibault Liger-Belair now uses natural sulphur that he sources from a Polish mine. The chase for the elusive shows no signs of abating, to the extent that higher prices paradoxically, One note of caution: Much of the demand is coming from mainland China. With Pinot, however, many growers felt they faced a choice between maintaining acid/sugar balance – by picking early – and achieving phenolic and tannin ripeness by waiting a little longer for some rain to unblock photosynthesis. There is a splatter of rain in July, much needed given the lack of rainfall during the previous winter. The days of over-extraction and pushing the wines too hard thankfully lie in the 1990s and early 2000s. In the Côte de Beaune, the wines are a hybrid of 2014 and 2015, with the energy of the former and the charm of the latter, while the Mâcon wines offer a sunnier expression of Burgundian Chardonnay and will give plenty of enjoyment. Our visits in October and November A brief but essential guide to 2017 Burgundy. In 2018, the Chinese central bank tightened the outflow of domestic currency that is, of course, necessary to pay for that expensive Grand Cru successfully bid at auction. Côte d'Or – a 2017 exception 17 October 2017 Olivier Merlin was out early in relation to many of his peers in La Roche Vineuse, beginning on 30th August. 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