Red Burgundy, 2010

2010 was a good year for red Burgundy – a traditional ‘cool climate’ vintage of balanced, medium weight wines laden with fresh red fruits and a lovely harmony of fruit, tannin and acidity for early drinking.

Yields were down by as much as 50% caused by a very cold winter snap on the 21st December which killed off the chances of many vines (before they had become dormant) and the summer growing season was quite unexceptional with much of July and August being drab. However, a cool dry September meant a long hang time during which the small berries ripened perfectly – resulting in a small crop of petite, healthy, concentrated berries.

In general, Pinot Noir shows plenty of ripe fruit with generous weight in the Côte de Nuits, but knowing your producer is key in what was also a rather inconsistent vintage. The finest wines were silky with elegance and finesse and bursting with bright, juicy fruit.

Red Burgundy, 2010

2010 was a good year for red Burgundy – a traditional ‘cool climate’ vintage of balanced, medium weight wines laden with fresh red fruits and a lovely harmony of fruit, tannin and acidity for early drinking.

Yields were down by as much as 50% caused by a very cold winter snap on the 21st December which killed off the chances of many vines (before they had become dormant) and the summer growing season was quite unexceptional with much of July and August being drab. However, a cool dry September meant a long hang time during which the small berries ripened perfectly – resulting in a small crop of petite, healthy, concentrated berries.

In general, Pinot Noir shows plenty of ripe fruit with generous weight in the Côte de Nuits, but knowing your producer is key in what was also a rather inconsistent vintage. The finest wines were silky with elegance and finesse and bursting with bright, juicy fruit.

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