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 :)
1952 was a classic year for wine in Burgundy. The firm structure was perfect for long term aging, with many still drinking surprisingly well to this day.
Despite being thought of as a classic year, many have said that it still wasn’t a good year, though it did start off that way. A spring that had fine weather turned into a very warm summer, which then turned into a very hot July/August, forming a drought piggybacked by some timely rain. It was very nearly a perfect storm on its way to an outstanding vintage, until unseasonably cool weather came upon in the first week of September, forcing the properties into a later harvest on October 7th.
Having its potential quashed by inclement weather doesn’t stop this year from having an even swath of quality throughout Burgundy. Enjoy coming across whatever is still available as rare as it will be, and be on the look out for labels from Corton Charlemagne and Montrachet – these areas produced wines that have largely maintained their vivaciousness and strength.
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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