We think these brief … Small, ripe & mostly healthy berries. Hail damage in Volnay, Pommard. Hot, extremely dry. Vintage Charts… (Written in 2010 for version 1.0) I thought that you didn’t like vintage charts? Variability to a degree with high alcohol and low acidity in some cases. Best grands crus suitable for long cellaring. These vintage notes have been prepared by Andrew Jefford, Academic Advisor to the Wine Scholar Guild. Drink: Can the wine be consumed now with pleasure. Wines display expressive, very ripe fruit. Exceptionally hot, dry, sunny August. Grands crus destined for long aging. Expressive whites displaying ripe fruit and good density at top levels. Superior to the ’08 reds. Some excellent wines in Côte de Nuits, especially those picked later and sorted. A score range indicates preliminary analysis based on barrel samples and/or a limited sampling; many wines of the vintage not yet reviewed. Flowering, in early June, was unproblematic, and summer was generally warm and dry. New vintage information, and any revisions of previous vintage drinking suggestions, are made each autumn. Winter and spring, as elsewhere in Burgundy, were very damp and relatively warm in the Mâconnais. Burgundy is my obsession really. High yields resulted largely in early-maturing, aromatic wines with lower acidities. A long, 10-day campaign of bale burning before dawn paid off when, in contrast to many other parts of France, major frost damage was averted. Having spent several weeks tasting the vintage and talking to growers, our Burgundy Buyer Adam Bruntlett provides a full run-down of the 2018 growing season in the Côte d’Or. In addition to our reviews of white burgundy, to expand on my coverage of the coveted pinot noir grape, each issue provides continuous coverage of both Oregon and California pinot noir, with rotating coverage of Champagne and occasional special reports from other pinot producing regions. Sales were up 9% during the first eight months of 2017. The quality of the wines is very attractive, with ample substance to the best Grands Crus and Premiers Crus yet classical freshness and vivacity, too. Unequal ripening favored best sites, old vines. A score range indicates preliminary analysis based on barrel samples and/or a limited sampling; many wines of the vintage not yet reviewed. Compared to 1893. Fresh, aromatic, medium-weight reds. Best whites possess fruit, substance & acidity and reflect their terroir. Discounted corporate accounts are available for firms requiring multi-users. Complex, complete whites with substance & equilibrium. That is what I strive to provide. Rain fell just after flowering and helped the Côte d’Or through a hot, dry summer; there were further light showers in early August. In addition to unmatched breadth and depth of coverage, what follows is of special importance to me, and to you, too: I accept no subsidies of any kind, including financial, airfare, hotels, gifts and effectively all meals; the only exception are paid speaking engagements which are not ever for the purpose of reviewing wines. Each year I spend over five months visiting, researching, tasting, exploring and evaluating. Licensing fees are due Burghound.com should an entity use in excess of 100 wines at any given time, as determined and agreed between the parties. Some inconsistency in quality. A catastrophic hail storm struck on June 28th, principally affecting Beaune, Pommard and Volnay, with minor damage on the hill of Corton. Severe hail damage in Meursault, Puligny, Chassagne. Green harvesting and sorting key to outcome. Small harvest. Average temperatures were above normal from April onwards, and average sunshine hours above normal from May. Hail & a heavy rainstorm in Côte de Beaune as picking started. Cookies, Data and Privacy Policy. The wines are generous, charming and long, but have retained vivacity; the best will age very well. Harvesting began in August in the Côte de Beaune with a rain break on the 30th; the rest of the whites were picked in cooler conditions in early September. Many good, balanced wines. After that, though, the summer weather was generally unproblematic, with satisfactory flowering and warm weather in May, June and August. Each year I spend over five months visiting, researching, tasting, exploring and evaluating. Considerable variability. Harvest began early, at the end of August, in fine weather. Best in Meursault. Following the frost catastrophe of 2016, white burgundy growers were alert to the frost danger posed by a cold period in late April after a warm February and March. Low yields, small berries with thick skins. The main export continues to be the United States with 22% of total volume, helped by a favourable euro/dollar exchange rate. Vintners continue to assess damage to wineries and crops, Balanced, fresh and approachable wines with purity; the best have the structure to age 20 years, Vintage ratings: 95-100, classic; 90-94, outstanding; 85-89, very good; 80-84, good; 75-79, mediocre; 50-74, not recommended. Challenging growing conditions, instances of inadequate maturity. Rainy April & June, difficult flowering. Wines with marked ripeness, body & fruit. A hot late May and June led to successful flowering. It was, in sum, the easy and generous vintage that growers under these customarily fretful skies have been waiting for since 2015, with harvesting taking place under unhurried conditions in late August and September. Large crop. 2014. Volume may have been impacted, but quality was excellent: fresh, lively wines with vibrant acidity and excellent ageing potential. Any way you look at it, it’s not much money compared to the painful cost of landing on bad burgundies or pinots; consider that it’s only one bad bottle of top flight wine and you’ve paid for an entire year. Top Pouilly-Fuissé suitable for mid-term cellaring. An early vintage with a very warm, dry summer. The consequent. Best grands crus will have long life. Oidium & mildew. Threat of mildew & rot. Rich, heady whites, low natural acidity (no malic). Some compare to excellent 1999 Côte d’Or reds. Retailers are responsible for ensuring the quoted information is correct and as printed in Burghound.com. The opinions expressed herein are mine and mine alone. 4/5. Extremely cold February injured old vines. Some variability at all levels of AOC ranks. Irregular in hail-affected communes. Harmonious, balanced wines of medium weight with attractive fruit. Many lack flesh & are angular, unlikely to improve. Fully mature reds endowed with generous fruit & sensual texture. Less consistent than their 2012 peers in red. Beneficial rains in September. After a mild winter, spring began early and remained frost-free. Successful, well-balanced wines, sometimes heavy. St.-Véran stands out. The resulting wines are classically taut, tight and lean, with pungent, nuanced, mouth-watering ripeness: the kind of balance which allows full expression to Chablis’ stony, ‘mineral’ character. Very hot July, wet & cool August, favorable September. Explanations to the vintage chart: Rating: Rating of the quality – Winehog Scale Maturity: Young, Matured, Mature, in decline. This was a generous harvest (21% up on 2016 for Burgundy’s white wines as a whole) of attractive, accessible wines. Uneven maturity. Good summer, average sun hours & temperatures. He is also updating information for the vintages prior to 2013. And feel free to poke around the site and be sure to voice your opinions to let us know what you think. Mid-term aging potential. Somewhat mixed stylewise due to the frost. Low yields. After that, summer was propitious, and the cycle was early, with harvest beginning three weeks earlier than in 2016, in the first days of September, giving growers a chance to harvest fruit in perfect condition. Winter was cold; spring was wet and cool. Wines for further cellaring should be selected with care after assessing their current maturity. Difficult season. Côte de Nuits more successful. Whites not as good as reds, which were picked later. Ratings Ratings Search Daily Picks Tasting Reports Winery Intel Insider Weekly ... Vintage ratings: 95-100, classic; 90-94, outstanding; 85-89, very good; 80-84, good; 75-79, mediocre; 50-74, not recommended. Access via subscription only. Lower acidity levels make the wines richer but less precise than the 2014s. Smaller harvest of concentrated, balanced wines with noteworthy definition. A mild winter was followed by a clement spring without frost problems. Spring frosts , extended flowering with isolated hail followed by very dry summer & water stress. Smaller vintage of regular quality with sound maturity & acidity. Sign up for Wine Spectator’s Free Email Newsletters and stay up-to-date with all things wine. Highly variable outcomes by locale and grower making it difficult to generalize. Variable in Côte de Beaune due to hail, notably Volnay. Best in Côte de Nuits (Gevrey, Vosne, Nuits). Prone to oxidation. A mild winter was followed by a generally hot and sunny spring that delivered much less rain than usual; flowering was successful and uneventful at the end of May and beginning of June. Atypically hot, dry season. Normal volume after short 2010. Vintners continue to assess damage to wineries and crops, Early tastings reveal opulent, often soft whites; top terroirs and lower yields produced best results, Vintage ratings: 95-100, classic; 90-94, outstanding; 85-89, very good; 80-84, good; 75-79, mediocre; 50-74, not recommended. Some grapes “burnt” on the vine. Cold locales and clay soils yielded best wines. After a mild winter and a very wet spring, disaster struck Chablis with severe frosts on April 26th-27th, followed by two hail episodes on May 13th and May 27th. Vintage ratings: 95-100, classic; 90-94, outstanding; 85-89, very good; 80-84, good; 75-79, … Many light, weak wines showing effects of high yields. July and August were both cool months, with double the annual rainfall and less sunshine than usual; at that point, the vintage looked bleak. The wines will age well over the mid- to long-term. August was normal but September was cool and wet; the reds were speedily harvested in early October. Memorable Corton, Côte de Nuits wines will reward mid- to long-term cellaring. I guarantee that every wine reviewed in the pages of Burghound.com, or in the database, has been personally tasted by me. Two and three year subscriptions include the complimentary electronic Travel Guide. A score range indicates preliminary analysis based on barrel samples and/or a limited sampling; many wines of the vintage not yet reviewed. The wines are supple and accessible in general, with the most fastidious viticulturalists controlling yield in order to maximise quality; the bumper crop and late-season rain, by contrast, may have diluted the harvest for the less proactive. Drinkability: "NYR" means the vintage has not yet been released; "drink" means most of the wines of the vintage are ready to drink; "hold" means most of the ageworthy wines have yet to fully mature; "past peak" means most of the wines are declining rather than improving. Cool, wet summer marked by frequent storms. In contrast to the Côte d’Or and Chablis, the Mâconnais escaped the late April frosts – but growers there were no cheerier, as a comprehensive hail storm on the afternoon of April 13th had destroyed around 2,500 ha in the best, southern part of region (especially Pouilly-Fuissé, -Loché and –Vinzelles, and St Véran), meaning overall losses of 30 per cent for this sector. April and May were much dryer and very warm, and flowering in June was rapid and successful, setting a generous crop. Reds possess complexity, intensity & ideal balance of fruit, acidity & tannin.