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. We hope you enjoy :)
One would hope that a vintage occurring on the turn of the 20th century would be one of monumental impact, a vintage so fine it would be spoken of for decades - if not centuries - to come.
Alas, the season in 1900 produced crops of substantial quantity, but a less than stellar quality.
The season started off very par-for-the-course. A cooler, wet spring led into a dry summer peppered with rain, it was set to be a fine vintage until heavy rains hit the region right before and into the harvest. The resulting crops were bloated and in large volume, but very much lacking in acidity and structure. Wines from all houses were almost overwhelmingly rich, dark in color, sweet, and soft, making for a fun drink in the short term
Gevry Chambertain and Nuits-Calvet had the best seasons overall. The best producers are of course the usual suspects with DRC having the longest longevity in terms of aging - though even these are all well and past their drinkability now.
Drinking a fine wine from Burgundy is always something special, make sure you are drinking them at the proper temperature. For whites, 52° is best, with reds rising up a few digits at 56°, and as always, don’t forget the Avintage DIVA line of wine refrigeration cabinets for all your wine storage needs. For more information, visit us at www.frenchcornercellars.com, or call at +1 (833) 839-4637.
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Sources include Michael Broadbent’s Vintage Wine