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 1995 growing season.
A beautiful vintage that started out rough. While the winter was mild, extended cool weather crept into spring, along with some frost and hail, this disturbed the flowering process and greatly reduced yields across Burgundy. Thankfully, the rest of the year was as it should be - dry and hot. A much-needed rain occurred in early September helped greatly, with a later Harvest occurring towards the end of the month. Downpours came during harvest, luckily the crops were well developed at that point, and resisted molding and rot.
The red wines are very balanced, round, voluptuous, and with sufficient acidity to keep for decades. The Côte de Nuits has slightly higher quality (with exceptions) than the Côtes de Beaune. For the whites, best offerings, with lots of aging potential, were in the Côte de Beaune. Along with a great backbone of acidity, and round, balanced fruit, they show hints of botrytis, giving them a touch of honey. In Chablis, September was cool, but the wines were rich and fruity nonetheless, also with longevity.
There are plenty of fantastic wines to choose from, but when you are out looking, keep these producers in mind:
Reds: Marquis d’Angerville; Comte Armand; Robert Arnoux; Denis Bachelet; Ghislaine Barthod; Alain Burguet; Château de Chorey; Bruno Clair; Yvon Clerget; JJ Confuron; Claude Dugat; Bernard Dugat-Py; René Engel; Forey Père & Fils; Henri Gouges; Jean Grivot; Anne Gros; Michel Gros; Michel Lafarge; Comtes Lafon; Leroy; Hubert Lignier; Hubert de Montille; Gérard Mugneret; Dr. Georges Mugneret/Mugneret-Gibourg; Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier; Jean-Marc Pavelot; Pousse d’Or; & Ramonet.
Whites: Bonneau du Martray; Carillon; Coche-Dury; Michel Colin-Déléger; Darviot-Perrin; Jean-Noël Gagnard; Comtes Lafon; Pierre Morey; Ramonet; & Guy Roulot.
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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