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 2007 growing season.
The warmest April in decades had put 2007 on track for making wines of breathtaking quality.
Then, as will often happen in Burgundy, the next four months saw very little sun, a goodly amount of rain, and a whole lot of mildew and rot on the vines as a result. Grape growers had to work very hard indeed to get what little grapes had developed to get through to maturity. Late August warmed a bit, and the following month had fine, sunny weather. Northern winds dried up the region and halted the rot, and the grapes developed to where they would make a fine wine. The loss of overall yield was about 20% this season.
The end result is a bevy of wines that were defined by sub-region, and the tradeoff of structure for finesse. Light body, fine tannins, floral notes, and fresh fruit notes dominated the bottles on the shelf, the ability to age is lessened significantly, but available offerings are delicious.
Best producers are: Pierre Damoy (Chambertin-Clos de Bèze), Arnand Rousseau, Louis Jadot (Gevrey-Chambertin), Comte Liger-Belair (La Romanée), Henri Gouges (Nuits-St-Georges), Comte Georges de Vogüé (Chambolle-Musigny), Nicolas Rossignol-Jeanniard (Volnay), Pierre Damoy (Chambertin), Domaine Josepth Voillot (Pommard).
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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