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 :)
After several bad vintages - some of which were covered here - 1985 was a return to better conditions. An exceptionally cold winter had surprisingly little effect on the vines, and while the spring was more cold than usual, the only occurrence was a late budding. The summer was a bit warm, but still chilly for the time of year. Late summer into fall however saw some delightful sunny and warm weather, with very little rain. A notable exception was Aloxe-Corton, with was battered by hail in mid-august.
The result was a small yield overall, with the dry conditions deterring mold and rot. The most well made red wines are voluptuous and fruit-forward, with some still having their peak. The best whites are mostly well and past their prime, with a few exceptions of course.
The wines of Marsannay & Santenay are still showing especially well in certain producers. Also make sure to keep your eyes peeled for Marquis d’Angerville, Robert Ampeau, Denis Bachelet, Gaston Barthod-Noellat, Dujac, Faiveley, Jean Gros, Jadot, Michel Lafarge, Dr Georges Mugneret, J.F. Mugnier, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Georges Roumier, Armand Rousseau, Roland Trapet, Bonneau du Martray, Carillon, Drouhin, Jacques Gagnard-Delagrange, Jadot, François Jobard, Lafon, Latour, Leflaive, Leroy, Matrot, Pierre Morey, Ramonet, Roulot, and Sauzet.
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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