White Burgundy, 2008

2008 was a tricky, low-yielding white Burgundy vintage of varied quality, the best Chardonnays showing an intriguing combination of richness and fresh acidity in certain appellations. But buyer beware, picking was key and the quality varies greatly. Those who picked too early produced acidic wine, those too late were overripe.

A cool, wet spring and early summer resulted in uneven budburst, flowering and erratic fruit set. A promising start to July was marred by huge hailstorms at the end of the month, which wiped out great chunks of crops, with Meursault and Pouilly-Fuisse badly affected; while Chablis was the least affected region, and had a great year.

Like Bordeaux, the weather finally warmed (particularly in Mâconnais) in mid-September and drying northerly winds concentrated berries.

The combination of high sugar and acidity worked very well for Puligny-Montrachet and the Chassagnes – from the fresh, minerally style to those richer full-bodied renditions. 2008 Mâconnais were also excellent as was the top Côte-Chalonnais, which were charming and elegant.

White Burgundy, 2008

2008 was a tricky, low-yielding white Burgundy vintage of varied quality, the best Chardonnays showing an intriguing combination of richness and fresh acidity in certain appellations. But buyer beware, picking was key and the quality varies greatly. Those who picked too early produced acidic wine, those too late were overripe.

A cool, wet spring and early summer resulted in uneven budburst, flowering and erratic fruit set. A promising start to July was marred by huge hailstorms at the end of the month, which wiped out great chunks of crops, with Meursault and Pouilly-Fuisse badly affected; while Chablis was the least affected region, and had a great year.

Like Bordeaux, the weather finally warmed (particularly in Mâconnais) in mid-September and drying northerly winds concentrated berries.

The combination of high sugar and acidity worked very well for Puligny-Montrachet and the Chassagnes – from the fresh, minerally style to those richer full-bodied renditions. 2008 Mâconnais were also excellent as was the top Côte-Chalonnais, which were charming and elegant.

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