Vintages in Burgundy – The Good, The Bad, & Who Made the Best Wines: 2014

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. We hope you enjoy :)

Eventually the beloved 2015 vintage will be coved in this series, and the only reason it is brought up now is that the 2014 season was such a bear, 2015 is seen as not just an incredible year for the wines themselves, but also as a much-needed relief for the growers and winemakers.

The season started quite well actually, if not a tad uneventful. A warm, dry spring brought about an early budbreak, and flowering began in the early summer. But the end of the month turned very bad, very quickly – a hailstorm tore through the Côte de Beaune, causing massive damage in and around areas in Volnay, Pommard, Meursault and Beaune. Fortunately, Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet fared very well indeed, Côte de Nuits was spared in certain areas, though the affected areas showed considerable damage. All in all, producers hit by the hail reported losses that averaged fifty percent their usual crop.

The rest of the summer was poor, with cold, wet weather going into mid-August. Sparse days of warmth popped up on rare occasion, giving enough to keep disease at bay. Conditions improved after that, with warm, mostly dry sunny days that gradually matured the grapes into mid-September for harvest. Previously wet conditions did lead to a spike in Drosophila Suzukii fruit flies at this time, these pests penetrate the skins of lighter grape varieties (such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), which caused some uneasy growers to pick early, producing wines with a high level of tannins.

Overall in Burgundy, the Chardonnay had few problems, with the Pinot Noir having to deal with some rot at the sorting tables. Wines produced had the Classic style of Burgundy, which oddly enough quite often come from challenging years such as this.

Wines produced in 2014 are incredibly varied, the top houses and domaines created some truly excellent offerings, with long lives ahead of them. But don’t be afraid to pick up something from the smaller producers as well, you will be surprised what you will come across.

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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