Ups and Downs
In Burgundy, September 1998 was very rainy, humid and rather cold.
1998 therefore won't be a very good vintage. In the middle of September
there was even some rot. You will succeed in buying with vinters who separate
their grapes most accurately and who - in order to get a good wine - renounce
The whites often lack acidity so they are relatively soon to be drunk. Pleasant Chardonnays, similar to the 97, rarely really great. The reds are fruity and pleasant to drink. Soft tannins and mild acidity, there are really some discoveries - without having to wait for maturity for many years.
1997: In Burgundy it was rather hot and sunny in September. The
grapes matured completely, but also many of them dried out and shrunk
a bit. The reds we tasted from the barrel showed a lot of fruit, but had
rather low acidity so they are relatively soon to be drunk. The few whites
we drank (they were already bottled) weren't that convincing - they have
a clear lack in acidity so they seem to be rather plain. There is a want
of intensity and deepness.
1996: It was an excellent year in Burgundy. Tannins and acidity
turned out to be well balanced and the tannins aren't more intense and
aggressive than in the vintages of 1993 and 1988. The wines of this year
have good fruit and concentration and even now show complexity. They are
worth while for longer storage and should mature in an elegant way. The
red wines, perhaps, are not so intense in comparison with the 1993 and
won't take that long ro ripen, but they will get much more finesse and
will be more balanced. The white wine is also convincing, with good fruit
and acidity. A classical vintage - unfortunately the top producers are
mostly sold out of this type.
1995 also was a rather successful year in Burgundy - for red and
for white wines. 1994 wasn't that concentrated, but produced some
fruity, pleasant red wines that are to be consumed rather soon - and fruity
white wines. 1993 was a vintage that is considered to be excellent
for red wines among vinters - rather strong tannins, however, demand a
long period of maturing, and with many wines it is not yet clear if the
different components will reach a balanced level. 1992 was very
successful for white wines. Good vinters produced rather pleasant wines
with only little tannins. These wines are mature and can be enjoyed now.
1991 was a medium vintage 1990 was a classical vintage,
especially for red wines that are now reaching their maturity.
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