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. Enjoy!
1915 in Burgundy was a season that has two distinctive qualities - 1) It was an amazing vintage, 2) It was an amazing vintage that took place during the second year of the first World War.
The spring was par for the course with just the right amount of rainfall, followed by a stretch of warm weather that never got too hot, and lasted right into harvest in October. Since this is a wartime vintage, the duties were performed by the woman and older men in the villages. This turned out to be one of the finest examples of a classic vintage, with amazing structure, silky tannins, and perfect acidity and bouquet in the whites.
Due to the extraordinary circumstances, nearly every house in Burgundy crafted near-perfect-to-perfect wines, so a list of the best producers would be extraordinarily long :)
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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