2013 BIVB Vintage Report
Prodigious Bourgogne wines
After the challenges thrown at them in 2012, Bourgogne winemakers were hoping for a peaceful 2013. But capricious Mother Nature had other ideas. Defying all weather forecasts, she never let up. After a long winter, a gloomy spring and a fine, providential summer, for the most part, the pickers had to wait until the start of October to take up their secateurs.
The consequences of the weather's whims - such as shatter and millerandage, hail damage, concentration and disease -all had an impact on the quantities harvested. Across the region, no winegrowing area was spared. Some had very low yields with volumes equal to or even less than those recorded in 2012 (1.26 million hectoliters1 ).
Fortunately, the first tastings suggest that 2013 is a very successful vintage. Once again, experience has made all the difference. It has been a challenging year but the winegrowers of Bourgogne have been rewarded for their pains.
We feared the worst, but we were spared!
The winter lingered in Bourgogne. From January to July, the temperatures were cool. The sun was notably absent during the first half of the year, and the rain all too frequent. This gloomy weather affected the vines, setting back the growth cycle by around two weeks.
In early May, when the first buds had just appeared, torrential rainstorms hit the region. In some plots, the vines spent several days with their roots in water.
The weather during flowering and fruit set was no better and by now, the growth cycle was set back by three weeks.
A hot, dry and sunny summer provided a welcome change and helped the quality of the grapes, enabling them to mature correctly. July was marked by a violent hailstorm on the Côte de Beaune with 1,350 hectares affected on 23 July.
September didn't help the vines, with the ambient warmth and regular rain encouraging the development of the Botrytis fungus which rots the grapes. It was more limited on those bunches where the grapes were smaller and thus better aerated. The choice of harvest date was a tough one. Winegrowers had to be very reactive and work fast.
This demanding vintage required a lot of effort that, today, has been rewarded with success. The wines are revealing a real aromatic purity and unexpectedly color. The balance in the wines is particularly satisfactory.
Fruity and balanced, the white wines are characterized by a nose marked with citrus.
This aromatic crispness is also felt in the mouth. The wines are well structured, fresh and lively, without the aggression some feared given the acidity measurements taken just before the harvest. Forthright and without flourishes, the whites of 2013 stand up convincingly to previous vintages.
With an intense, sparkling ruby color, these fruity wines are like a mouthful of freshly picked cherries, raspberries and redcurrants. The Pinot Noirs that were harvested later have more jammy aromas.
On tasting, the first acidulated notes give way to a good structure supported by sophisticated, pronounced tannins. Good length on the tongue prolongs the pleasure.
Crémant de Bourgogne
Good acidity and sugar levels meant that at the end of September, the grapes harvested were perfect for making Crémant de Bourgogne.
The lively and fruity white base wines reveal aromas of white peach and grapefruit. The Pinot Noirs are characterized by fine structure, while the Gamays offered very high quality with intense aromas of red fruit.
2013 offers producers the possibility to make vintage cuvées with good keeping potential.
Source : Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne - November 2013.
A rare and precious vintage in Bourgogne
A first! That is what Bourgogne's winegrowers are saying about this year's weather. Given Mother Nature's whims, they had to redouble their efforts to ensure the very best results from their vines. And the first tastings confirm that all their hard work was worthwhile. From the north of Bourgogne to the south, the industry is unanimous - the quality of this year's nascent wines is excellent, surpassing all expectations given the weather.
The only downside is the quantity which is below average, down as much as 20% according to some estimates. (Definitive figures will be available in early 2013). A mild winter, a chilly spring with frosts, a warm May, a cool and rainy June, an unstable summer, a heat wave, hail and storms - weather like this could not fail but affect the vines. The cold and rain in spring caused shatter, where some flowers fail to turn into fruit; millerandage where incomplete fertilization of the flower giving rise to small berries; and a big threat from both downy and powdery mildew. The brief hot periods in summer brought some very high temperatures that burned the fruit.
These phenomena, which occurred before the grapes ripened, meant yields were significantly lower this year, but had no impact on the quality of the grapes. On the contrary, aerated bunches of smaller berries guarantee concentration and intensity. Having had to manage the elements and struggle on a daily basis, both man and materials have emerged from this vintage worn out, yet victorious. During the harvest, which took place under sunny skies, the grapes being welcomed into the wineries were healthy and showed no signs of disease or rot.
The scarcity of the 2012 vintage will only serve to make the wines even more precious!
These expressive wines reveal notes of fresh fruits and citrus. Forthright, they are already demonstration very good balance on the tongue. The whites from northern Bourgogne are powerful, and translate the unique characteristics of their terroir: minerality with notes of flint and chalk. This is a classic vintage, illustrated by the wines' sophistication and good concentration.
The wines are deep red in color, dense, and some are almost black.
They release rich and intense aromas of red berries. The tannins are ripe and silky, offering a lovely harmony on the tongue. The 2012 vintage looks like a safe bet. The red wines reflect the diversity of each winegrowing region and offer a happy ending to this unusual year.
Crémant de Bourgogne
The low yields also concern the grapes for Crémant de Bourgogne wines, and the Gamay grape in particular. The Aligoté turned out to be more generous. Overall, production volumes could be down as much as 30%. The grapes harvested were perfectly mature, combining the richness of optimum sugar content with good acidity. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir base wines are fruity, with lovely balance.
This press release presents general characteristics. As each wine and each winemaker is unique, each wine must be tasted before it can be characterized.
Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne - 12 November 2012
2011 Vintage in Burgundy
Pleasure first and foremost
2011 will remain etched in our memories, not just because it was an early year, but because of its unique weather conditions. Whilst the world's wine enthusiasts are getting ready to discover this new vintage, the first impressions are already being made. This year, elegance and indulgence, in particular, are enhancing the mosaic of Burgundy's "Terroirs". These wines are accessible, providing an ideal way of discovering the wealth and diversity of Burgundy wines.
The Burgundy winegrowers know how to trust their instincts. Before the arrival of summer, they remained cautious, even though the particularly hot, dry spring gave the vines the potential for excellent quality. The rainfall in July helped reconstitute the water reserves in the soil and provide the vines with a new lease of life. The stormy weather in August, which was very difficult to anticipate, encouraged the winegrowers to follow their plots inch by inch. They were fully aware that they would need both humility and intuition to determine the date of the harvest: between maturity and the health of the vineyard, nature has an important role to play. To wait or not to wait? This is the crucial question that the Burgundy winegrowers asked themselves in the last weeks of August, particularly for Pinot Noir, which is reputed for its delicacy and complexity.
The harvest was spread out across several weeks, with the winegrowers harvesting the plots according to their maturity. The sunshine and lack of rain in September were the rewards for their patience. Careful selection was carried out, on the vines and in the cellars. Only the very best grapes were vinified.
The white wines are characterised by aromatic purity. Clear, frank aromas of citrus fruits and delicate floral notes are unveiled on tasting. These flavours are brought out by a good level of acidity, making the wines fresh and expressive. The harmonious balance, which was already perceived on tasting the grapes, is confirmed. All this is strengthened by a pleasant roundness on the palate. The expression of the "Terroirs" is already notable. Maturity will bring additional complexity and subtlety to these wines, but they can also be enjoyed in their youth.
These are highly quaffable wines with a very intense red colour. Depending on the sectors, there is a wide aromatic palette: fresh fruits, red fruits (raspberry, cherry) and a few soft, spicy notes. Freshness and balance grace the palate. The tannins are round, supple and elegant. The broad sensorial diversity and the qualitative distribution are characteristic of each "Terroir". The potential for laying down the wine will vary depending on the style. However, the very pleasant aspect of this vintage, which is already noticeable, means that they can already be enjoyed.
Crémants de Bourgogne
The Crémant producers began harvesting in the third week of August in the south of Burgundy. The harvests continued until the end of September. The wines made from Chardonnay grapes feature white peach and grapefruit aromas. The Aligoté presents light, tangy notes. The Pinot Noir provides structured, coloured wines. The Gamay reveals great-quality wines, with intense red fruit aromas. The first assemblages will be made at the end of the year.
2010 vintage in Burgundy: Well worth the effort
The 2010 vintage in Burgundy is a success, despite difficult climatic conditions. In Burgundy, 2000 years of history have indeed allowed the vine and man to adapt to all situations. Far from being a question of chance, this longevity is proof that the vine has found its ideal land in this northern vineyard, whilst adapting to the climatic changes.
Here, making wine is an art form which has nothing to do with ease.
The Burgundy winegrowers demonstrate judgement, a great capacity to adapt, and the expertise to get the best out of each vintage.
The latest meteorological forecasting tools, analytical controls and tasting the grapes are all factors for anticipating and rationalising each of the key steps leading up to the harvest.
Tasting the grapes was particularly crucial this year, allowing winegrowers to monitor the change in the aromatic potential of each plot, one of the strengths of this vintage. Here, the level of maturity and the health of the vines were key in choosing the date of the harvest. Although the harvest usually takes place by colour (traditionally red then white), the winegrowers, attentive to the quality, alternated between red and white plots.
The small yields obtained are both a result of the winegrowers' controlled pruning, the coulure and millerandage caused by the climatic conditions in the spring, and the strict selection performed both on the vine and in the cellar. The winemakers were then able to adjust their technique on the harvested grapes to unveil the fine balance between sugar and acidity, without harming the aromatic expression.
There is no doubt that the 2010 Burgundies hold some nice surprises for wine lovers!
- White Wines:
From the north to the south of Burgundy, the white wines reveal the whole range of expression of the Burgundy Chardonnay, often copied but never equalled! These balanced wines are appreciated for their freshness and purity. The minerality, present on the palate, is typical of the Burgundy "Terroir". They reflect the elegance and finesse of Burgundy's great classics.
- Red Wines:
The olfactory nuances of the red wines can be found in red fruits and fresh fruits. These very perfumed wines also present a nice cherry red colour. On the palate, they unveil silky tannins and a pleasant harmony between acidity and roundness. The persistent sensation of freshness perfectly translates the expression of the Pinot Noir in Burgundy.
- Crémant de Bourgogne:
The 2010 vintage is of good quality for the two grape varieties Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The quality of the grapes allowed for a gentle extraction, resulting in base wines without excessive levels of acidity, an intense aromatic expression and good maturity.
Source : Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne
In 2009 the vines enjoyed ideal conditions during the entire cycle and most importantly during the maturing phase, when they basked in the sunshine. Sunlight and heat were in abundance throughout August and September, resulting in grapes of extraordinary quality, which was revealed throughout vinification. After this process, the authentic character of this vintage can already be perceived.
- The White wines
A very attractive aromatic profile is already taking shape, although some of the whites are still undergoing alcoholic fermentation.
The wines display roundness and depth, with a liveliness that gives them a very nice harmony.
This year, more so than in other vintages, each wine is a reflection of its terroir.
- The Red wines
Attractive even to the eye, these wines have a beautiful deep, brilliant red colour.
Just as impressive, the aromas of ripe red and black fruits are highlighted by the presence of spicy notes which develop after the bottle is opened.
On the palate, it's a feast for all the senses. Right from the attack, the complexity can be perceived in the depth of the wine. Then a nice balance is revealed, sustained by round, silky tannins. On the finish, these rich wines, with a persistent flavour, leave a sensation of fulfilment.
- The Crémant de Bourgogne
Harvested at the very beginning of September, the grapes used for Crémant de Bourgogne already displayed a very high aromatic potential, whilst retaining the acidity necessary for their freshness; both of which can now be detected in the wines.
Data Source : BIVB
A remarkable turnaround for Burgundy wines
The 2008 vintage was characterised by unstable weather conditions, requiring the wine growers to use their experience to the full. They showed great vigilance from the spring, and waited for the right time to harvest.
This year, the vines benefited from the return of the fine weather from mid-September. From the 14th of the month, the sun and the north wind allowed the grapes to reach full maturity before the harvest. The apprehension that could be felt throughout the vineyards gave way to relief. Some wine growers even spoke of a miracle.
After paying special attention to their vines, the wine growers were able to contain the development of diseases. Like last year, they gave up some of their harvest in the interests of quality, and carried out a meticulous selection process. This decision, along with the moderate yields, has led to lower-than-average volumes.
It is still too early to assess this new vintage, which has only just been put into barrels. However, the initial tastings suggest that the concerted efforts, along with the helping hand of Mother Nature, should result in a fine vintage.
The 2008 white wines, straightforward and pure, are characterized by distinct acidity, nicely balanced by a good level of maturity. The complexity of the aromas is matched by the liveliness and freshness exhibited on the palate.
These powerful wines follow the tradition of the great Burgundy classics.
The red wines are the real revelation of this vintage! With deep colours, fruity aromas and round, silky tannins, these concentrated, complex wines are already seducing those who taste them.
They are well structured and have a great cellar potential.
Crémants de Bourgogne:
The meteorological conditions were ideal for the production of Crémant de Bourgogne, which is harvested earlier than still wines. In fact, a relatively high level of acidity and a moderate concentration of sugars are necessary to obtain the best from these sparkling wines. There is no doubt about it, 2008 will be a great vintage for Crémant de Bourgogne.
Source: Bureau Interprofessionel des Vins de Bourgogne
A tailor-made vintage.
Following the doubts and anxiety caused by an autumnal summer, a sigh of relief was heard around Burgundy as soon as vinification started because of the high quality of the musts tasted. This lovely surprise is a reward for all the efforts made by the professionals in Burgundy who have not hesitated at harvest time to make a rigorous selection, worthy of a masterpiece of haute couture.
The cool temperatures and the detailed work of the professionals made resistance to climatic aggression possible. Indeed, both in the vineyard and the vat-rooms, wine producers selected each grape and adjusted their vinification stages so as to retain just the quintessence of the
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties, the kings of Burgundy!
The trend for the 2007 vintage is to offer wines that are both very up to date and faithful to Burgundy's great classics. Novices will be able to initiate themselves in the pleasure of these wines while amateurs will find in each production the spirit of the great Burgundies as much as
the talent of each creator and wine producer.
These wines that are both sophisticated and within reach will be able to be drunk quite rapidly since they are already pleasant to savour.
White wines: great purity of flavour.
Since it enjoyed sunshine until mid-September, the 2007 vintage for whites is remarkably typical in flavour.
This year, Chardonnay in Burgundy is revealing all its facets. Chablis wines are characterised by their mineral taste, remaining sharp after their malolactic fermentation.
Red wines: a spark of freshness.
The 2007 vintage offers fresh and appealing red berry flavours. The richness of the aromas perceived at the first nose is perfectly reflected in the mouth through the amplitude, roundness and silky length of these wines made for pleasure. The maturity of the film has enabled attentive
wine-producers to moderate extraction, thus building a structure that is characterised by delicacy.
What is more, the acidity present at the time of harvest and essentially due to the significant concentrations of malic acid disappears during malolactic fermentation, contributing to a fine balance in the mouth.
The wines have a fine cherry red colour highlighted by a few traces of violet, which is characteristic of fresh vintages.
The low temperatures this summer enabled the grapes intended for the production of Crémant de Bourgogne wines to achieve good maturity while retaining a level of acidity that is ideal for the expression of their characteristic freshness. These levels of acidity also make it possible to
work on the cuvées destined for a longer ageing period in cask.
These favourable conditions lead to a forecast that the 2007 vintage will produce Crémant de Bourgogne wines of a very high quality.
Data source : BIVB
Charming Burgundy Wines.
Charming. That is the word that springs to everyone's lips when talking of the 2006 vintage in Burgundy. After a year of more than ‘erratic' weather, the work of the professionals has paid off. 2006 was a demanding vintage requiring unwavering attention, both on the vine and in the fermenting rooms, and if the whites are excellent the reds are astounding.
. The Chablis and the Yonne vineyards:
The 2006 wines display quite exceptional maturity and balance. Most Yonne winegrowers consider this vintage to be a benchmark. Some even hold that it is the best of the last ten years even. The quality of the fruit, the mineral composition, the balance and body - everything is there to ensure that these wines will be at their best within a few years.
2006 will be a vintage to remember, and is absolutely perfect for laying down.
. The Yonne vineyards:
After a dreary August, September saw return arrival of more clement weather, allowing the Pinot Noir to ripen in good conditions.
The 2006 vintage wines are particularly fruity, with an attractive ruby colour. Very frank and expressive, they release intense flavours of red fruits (including strawberry, raspberry and cherry) and spices, with traces of light tobacco and liquorice. They are well structured on the palate with good acidity providing a pleasant freshness. The good quality tannins are still firm on the finish but will soften quite rapidly.
This is a surprising vintage where the elegance of the Pinot Noir will be expressed in the best possible way.
Data source : BIVB
An outstanding year.
Famous right from the time of harvest because of the perfect conditions
surrounding its growth, 2005 is a superlative vintage. It has received the highest praise: exceptional maturity, excellent health status, exemplary bunches, etc.
The 2005 wines impress as pleasantly seductive. The nose, marked by tangy fruit notes paired with very pure minerality, is a real treat. The mouth has perfect balance and structure as well as an exemplary harmony, while any heaviness is dispelled by a fine acidity.
A gratifying, well-rounded vintage which is obviously excellent for laying down.
. The Yonne vineyards:
From regional appellations to grands crus, all are superb. The quality of this vintage is such as to suggest that no improvement is possible.
Nothing is missing: splendid deep ruby colour, nose of small well-ripened fruits, spices and Virginia tobacco, mouth astonishing in its texture and substance, impressive length...
In a word: an outstandingly high-class vintage which will leave its mark in history.
Data source : BIVB
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