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 2010 growing season.
This season was SO close to being disaster vintage. 2009's winter had become so severe it killed off many vines, a so-so cool & damp spring was no help, and the June budding was hampered, furthering the loss of overall yields. Summer continued to be wet, with very little sun - causing mildew and rot across the region. September finally had some warm weather, but the southern part of the Côte de Beaune had some hail to slow things down.
Luckily, the cool weather in the summer preserved acidity of the small crops, providing an end product that is considered a classically styled wine from Burgundy. The quite-late harvest ran from late September to early October.
As it is often seen, Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits had the best to show. The best houses of course made the best wines, with the smaller houses having a more spotty quality. So tread carefully if the label is unfamiliar.
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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