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 1987 growing season.
A vintage initially thought to be spectacular, simply ending up as just good. An early spring was followed by early budding, giving winemakers high hopes. Fine weather ensued until late spring and early summer was plagued by heavy rains that slowed flowering. Ultimately this interruption caused small yields and a late harvest – which began Oct. 5th in warm, sunny weather.
This vintage had seen a large amount of chaptalization amongst producers, so while the resulting wines were very drinkable while young, this led to a lack of agability. Labels from Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits are best, but regardless, most from this vintage in the whole of Burgundy have lost much of their acidity, fruit, and structure. Best to seek out a more solid vintage.
The breadth of choices are slim, but if you are adamant, keep these producers in mind:
Reds: Robert Ampeau, Marquis d’Angerville, Grivot, Jean Gros, Jadot, Michel Lafarge, and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.
Whites: Drouhin (Le Montrachet, Marquis de Laguiche), Ramonet, 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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