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Vintage Report: Burgundy 2018

Vintage Report: Burgundy 2018

Tuesday 10th December 2019
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

 An extraordinary, record-breaking vintage that was as fascinating and enjoyable to taste as it was confounding.

The first thing to know about 2018 in Burgundy is that while it was the warmest year on record, when measured across the whole year, it was not extreme during the summer in the way that 2003 was. The second key to the vintage was the size of the crop -  2018 goes down as one of the biggest on record; a key mitigating factor to the summer warmth and drought. Finally, the winter of 2017/2018 was very wet and served to ensure that deep-lying water reserves were adequately filled at the start of the growing season.

Burgundy 2006 from bottle - Day two: Aloxe-Corton and Corton

Burgundy 2006 from bottle - Day two: Aloxe-Corton and Corton

Thursday 3rd September 2009
by Hew Blair

Moving north of the Beaune / Paris motorway into the vineyards of Aloxe Corton proved to be a pleasant suprise. 

The wines in this flight were textured and structured and brimming with ripe black fruits. My marks are up with the best of the Côtes de Beaune. Tollot Beaut's Aloxe Corton Les Fournières took pole just ahead their Les Vercots and the Aloxe Clos de Chapitre of Follin Arbelet.

Two flights of Corton followed and were on the whole much more exciting than expected. These 06's have substance, acidity and grip and are still of youthful colour and nature. The charm and release of fruit will come with maturity in 3-6 years time. The first flight included all but the Grand Crus of Bressandes and Clos du Roi. Top marks went to the Corton of Follin Arbelet; pinot noir planted on limestone soil, most usually planted with Chardonnay. The result is an 06 of rare elegance dark ripe fruits and fine ripe tannins The second flight served to showcase just how good Corton is in this vintage, the Bressandes of Tollot Beaut being up with the best.