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, and infamy, with the best producers for that year – enjoy!
Winemaker’s are known for the tireless work, long hours, and sacrifice they put into creating a wine that is as close to perfection as they are capable of reaching. A terrible year only amplifies their workload, with the hope that their efforts are rewarded with a product that can be good enough to bring in some much-needed money.
And on very rare occasion, they will encounter what is referred to as an easy year - minimum intervention is needed, you watch mother nature do her thing, and an incredible wine is neigh-inevitable.
And yes, 2005 was one of those years.
The season was as spot-on as it could have been, all across Burgundy. The weather was dry and sunny, with rain just as it was needed, and for the perfect amount of time. The result was a harvest full of healthy grapes that avoided any and all rot and infections. With fantastic balance between sugar and acidity, the reds were dark, round, and structured, with the whites being fuller bodied, while slightly lacking in acidity – which might affect long-term aging.
The white wines would be drinking well, though having lost some of their ‘zip’, while many of the reds would be considered quite young still. Though finding a delicious wine from any number of producers is possible, there are, of course, those that stand out - Bernard et Thierry Glantenay, Bitouzet-Prieur, Michel Lafarge, Roumier Bonnes Mares, Domaine Rossignol-Trapet, Camille Giroud, Domaine Armand Rousseau, Chateau de la Tour, and Domaine Georges Roumier come to mind, but always taste someone you’re unfamiliar with!
Drinking a fine wine from Burgundy is always something special (especially from such a quality year), so 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.