Vintages in Burgundy – The Good, The Bad, & Who Made the Best Wines: 1970

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 :)

1970 was a year in Burgundy where the wines found themselves being almost overwhelmingly average (which some would say is worse than it going one way or another from there) in reds, and quite poor for whites, every label produced is well past its drinking, and even the best seemed to be shadows of better years.

A cold wet spring led into a sub-par but improved summer with a cold snap in the first week of August, but the temperature picked up again in September, carrying on into October. Red grapes were plump, lacking acidity, and in plentiful in volume. The Chardonnay however did not respond well to the seasons conditions and, on the whole, were lacking in both body and vital acidity.

Overall, Volnay, Chambolle Musigny, and Meursault had the best to offer, with DRC 'La Tache', Drouhin Laroze Chambolle, Clos De La Pousse D’or and Domaine De La Pousse D’or being the ones to beat.

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