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 1989 growing season.
A surprisingly straightforward vintage. The usual chaotic back-and-forth that is covered in most years had been replaced with a long, mostly consistant season. A mild winter and warm spring gave way to early flowering, prolonged by a frost in April, reducing yields a bit. A hot summer had some rain in July going into late August, an early harvest in september gave growers large and ripe crops, giving a lot of fat juicy wines to the consumer.
For the general wines of the region, Pommard, Nuits-Saint Georges, Vosne-Romanee, gave the best wines. But, as it always is, the best producers made the finest labels, it's a good vintage to seek out whereever you find it, with lots of fun bottles to find.
If you need a bit more guidance still, keep and eye out for the following producers: Robert Ampeau, Grivot, Robert Groffier, Lafarge, Leroy, Hubert de Montille, R. Remoissenet Père & Fils, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Armand Rousseau, De Vogué.
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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