Vintages in Burgundy – The Good, The Bad, & Who Made the Best Wines: 2008

September 25, 2020 by French Corner Cellars
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. Enjoy!

A vintage marred by inconsistencies. An early spring experienced a lack of sunshine, with double-the-average rainfall, this of course slowed progress. May warmed up the region, but fell right back into dreariness in June, which adversely effected the budding and fertilizing (thriving mildew was a problem as well). July was much warmer, but hail near the end of the month made recuperating from the bad weather impossible in Volnay, Pommard, Savigny-les-Beaune, and Marsannay – with losses up to 70% in some areas. Hail in early August reduced yields in Mâconnais and Beaujolais.

Cool, wet weather returned mid-August and ripening was slow and erratic, with rot furthering problems. A bright, sunny mid-September, with drying north-easterly winds, began concentrating grapes and clearing infection: sunshine persisted, and picking got fully underway under ideal conditions in the later part of September.

Despite the terrible weather, this vintages cool weather and late drying sunshine created a good balance of bright acidity and ripeness.

Red wines are dark, pure, serious, and with great focus. While the unusual marriage of high sugars and high acidity has worked well for the whites Every area had its best and worst, depending on how each house handled the season. The quality varies greatly, measured by painstaking sorting of the fruit and well-judged harvesting. Picked at the right time the wines have well-defined citrus fruit and tension; late picked can be clumsy and overripe; too early, scrawny and acidic.

The list of producers who created spectacular wines is long, but keep an eye out for Joseph Drouhin, Michel Colin, Domaine Faiveley, Heritiers du Comtes Lafon & Dominique Lafon, Château de Ligny, Louis Michel, Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier, Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret, Chanson Pere & Fils, Arnoux-Lachaux, Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg, Domaine Jean Grivot, Domaine Jean Grivot, Bouchard Père & Fils, and Maison Roche de Bellene (Nicolas Potel).

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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