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 1962 growing season.
This vintage was fairly straightforward and produced some outstanding wines in a full-bodied style. A more intense than usual winter led into cold spells that lasted well into April, with some mild relief that turned to warm weather in June. July was a bit cooler than usual, but August saw a return to form. By September, rains fell regularly much to the joy of the growers, the grapes ripened slowly but steadily until a late harvest in the second week of October.
The wines that came from it all were a bit full to be called classic, but the heft still held elegance and finesse. Those lacking weight aged more quickly and are past their time now. But those better houses and estates produced wines with serious structure beyond the fruit, and are still drinking very well today.
There are still a few good wines produced from this year - keep an eye out for the following labels:
Reds: Chanson Pere et Fils Vougeot Clos De La Perriere from Vosnee, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache.
Whites: As usual, the whites didn't last as long, but if you seek out Lafon’s Meursault Perrières or the like, you will be rewarded.
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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