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 producers for that year. Enjoy!
1992 started off with promise, experiencing a beautiful warm spring. The season was marred a bit by a very wet June and late-August, with fine weather in between, continuing in September with harvest occurring mid-month. The rain may sound inconsequential, but its impact was significant. Pinot Noir saw very high yields, while the Chardonnay crops were par for the course, but both were adversely affected by the rainfall with a little rot, and a major loss of acidity, tannic structure, and extract.
The lack of structure and backbone made these wines short-lived in their window of prime drinking, being instead wines that were a little light, round, fruity, and non-exceptional. Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits, and Côte d’Or saw the best wines, with the usual top-tier producers have the best offerings from these regions. These wines, if found now, would be well past their drinkability.
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.