Vintages in Burgundy – The Good, The Bad, & Who Made the Best Wines: 1921

Everyone talks about the vintages that produced the finest wines, and why wouldn’t they? Delicious and quite often worthy of deep-time in a cellar, they are the wines enjoyed and spoken of throughout the decades. Then there are the forgotten years, the vintages that saw terrible weather at the worst times, whose wines were all but written off as times passed. The worst years can still produce fantastic wines, when produced by houses that understand how to deal with what their dealt, and come out shining regardless of the conditions.

This series will be dealing with the vintages in Burgundy of fame, infamy, and everything in between - with the best regions/producers for that year. This article will be covering the 1921 growing season.

Protracted flowering as a result of a cool and uneven spring, a frost at the start of the summer resulted in a notably lower volume in most regions, rounding out with mid-summer rainstorms. Conditions veered in the other direction as an intense heatwave struck, last most of the summer. A considerably early harvest occurred on the 20th of September.

Resulting wines were small in quantity, varied in quality, with some of the bigger houses having trouble producing their usual standards. Unsurprisingly, Romanée-Conti, Charmes-Chambertain, Richebourg, Volnay, and Clos de la Roche had some of the best offerings of the year. And keep in mind that when seeking out these wines, pay special attention to how they are/were stored, as their advanced age will likely have rendered them undrinkable unless they are pristine (hint* look for Vandermeurlen on the label).

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