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, and infamy, with the best producers for that year – enjoy!
In these segments we have spoken of poor growing seasons, during these periods, a house is forced to come to terms with either being a steadfast, unshakable force in the world of wine, or a winery that tries it’s hardest but unwittingly keeps itself from greatness .A terrible year separates the common from the extraordinary, and 1977 was one of those years.
1977 was yet another entry in 70’s that had seen unspectacular weather. The decade had seen a break in its bad luck in 1976 (but we’ll get into that another day), and the hope for another hot dry season was dashed by one seeing an almost ungodly amount of rain – nearly every single day in July. August started off well enough, but a series thunderstorms ended that fairly quick.
Some decent weather came at last in September, leading to a late harvest in the first week of October, this was enough to make some passable wines, but these had ZERO agability.
There is nothing from this vintage worth seeking out, but the two most notable of this year are Bouchard & Fils with their offering from Chambolle-Musigny, and Domaine Romanee-Conti (DRC) with their Echezeaux, Romanee-Conti Grand Cru, La Tache Grand Cru Monopole, and of course, Richebourg Grand Cru. Once again, do not bother looking for any of these, not to drink anyways.
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.