First impressions on the 2017 vintage in Burgundy

We are back on the road of Grand Crus in Burgundy, to catch a first glimpse of the 2017 vintage.


Overrall, this vintage seems like another burgundian classic, except for the fact the the quantity was quite generous, especially in Côte-de-Nuits: the vineyards took their revenge after the devastating frosts they endured in 2016.


We therefore expect low concentrations on the regional appellations.


Côte de  Beaune in the meantime was hit by several lighter frost episodes, resulting in lesser quantities than usual, but the 2018 having since been abundant and qualitative, our winegrowers are smiling nonetheless.


The Pinots Noirs we have tasted appear already very drinkable, sculpted, with well integrated tanins. Soils of Gevrey Chambertin and Vosne-Romanée clearly rise to the top. Few reds can actually be enjoyed now, closed as they are: the wine opens and closes in turn in our glasses.

For the whites, we note the vibrant energy of Chardonnays. The wines do not lack neither concentration nor tension, as we observed on most Meursaults we tasted.


Further south, we hail pinots noirs from the Côte Chalonnaise as a whole. Premiers Crus in Rully and Givry are plump and fresh at the same time: we absolutely need to follow these Appellations closely, as these wines gain in precision with every passing vintage.


The vintage is also pleasant in Mâconnais, where the Chardonnays of Poully-Fuissé stand out, with their fleshy and balanced acidity.


To conclude, we were seduced by the 2017 vintage for both reds and whites: the wines show frank and neat expressions; they are drinkable in their youth, actually before most wines from 2016 that have remained closed so far.


LA CAVE DU CHATEAU


 

Yves Confuron

Yves Confuron

Jean-Baptiste Bouzereau

Jean-Baptiste Bouzereau

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