The Vintner Out & About
“A vintage that largely defies generalisations but which has produced some excellent, even outstanding reds, albeit in miserable quantities” The Drinks Business
“The 2016 vintage is not a year to buy blindly, but its’s certainly a vintage to buy” Decanter
Similarly to Bordeaux, the 2016 vintage in Burgundy was a tale of two contrasting halves. The first half played out like a Greek tragedy with the gods chucking the worst possible weather conditions at the hapless vines. Fortunately, whatever survived the onslaught enjoyed ideal conditions to salvage the vintage and even produce some excellent wines. Beware though, only the most meticulous vignerons and their teams were successful at finding the right balance of ripeness and acidity.
Last week, Gavin and I hosted one of the Vintner’s great wine tastings in our tasting room in Parsons Green.
It was a trip through the iconic villages of the legendary Côte d’Or in Burgundy to identify the secret gems and subtle genius of each village from the two most recent outstanding vintages (2014 and 2015).
As we careered into Alsace on a rather stormy Friday morning, the driest wine region in France was looking decidedly sodden. Nearing the end of November there are still some grapes on vine, slowly concentrating and waiting to be picked for 'Vendange Tardives' (late harvest) wines...
A very different vintage to the warm 2015, the new releases possess a much more classic style of claret that we have not seen for many years. If 2015 was a vintage for Merlot then 2016 was without doubt superior for Cabernet Sauvignon.