Vintages in Burgundy – The Good, The Bad, & Who Made the Best Wines: 1982

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 :)

Grape growing and the subsequent wine production can be a finicky thing, you need enough warmth to ripen the grapes enough, and enough cool, damp weather to retain the grapes natural acidity.

In Burgundy, 1982 the weather was near perfect from start to finish. A beautiful, warm spring led into a perfectly warm summer, with just enough rain in August. Harvesting took place early in the once again warm September. The result was a massive yield, with wines that were (are) made for more immediate gratification. The downside? The lack of substantial rain and cold snaps left the wines produced lacking in the acidity that gives burgundy is classic character, and age-abilty.

With the exception of the highest quality producers, most of 1982's offerings are tired, flat, and racing towards their end.

With that in mind, when/if you come across an '82 from Burgundy, keep your eye out for Marquis d’Angerville, Robert Ampeau, Gaston Barthod-Noellat, Alain Burguet, Drouhin, Dujac, Grivot, Jean Gros, Alain Hudelot-Noellat, Jadot, Michel Lafarge, Hubert de Montille, Pousse d’Or, Georges Roumier, and Armand Rousseau.

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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