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2013 vintage guide for white Burgundy

Weather Conditions The miserable flowering period and the savage hailstorms in July severely reduced the crop of Chardonnay. The vines continued their slow maturation during the summer months and then…

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2013 vintage guide for red Burgundy

Weather Conditions Just as Burgundy growers were picking themselves up after the battering they received from Mother Nature in 2012, the nightmare started all over again. Sunlight scarcely made an…

Burgundy

2012 vintage guide for white Burgundy

Weather Conditions Frost afflicted Chassagne especially, but little damage was done. There was also hail in St Aubin, Beaune, and Chassagne on June 6,  but as flowering had only just…

ClosdesLambrays

2012 vintage guide for red Burgundy

Weather Conditions Spring was chilly and damp, and there was some frost, but nothing too dramatic. Continuing rain led to a difficult flowering, which in some places took a month…

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2011 vintage guide for white Burgundy

Weather Conditions An early flowering led to expectations that this would be an early harvest, and this proved to be the case. However, there was many a hazard between flowering…

MeursaultBurgundy

2011 vintage guide for red Burgundy

Weather Conditions Spring was warm, and flowering was early, at the end of May, promising an early harvest. Then the climate started playing its usual tricks. The early summer was…

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2010 vintage guide for white Burgundy

Weather Conditions Chardonnay did not suffer quite as badly as Pinot from the difficulties at flowering, but nonetheless crops were reduced. The cool, rather damp summer was not a particular…

Burgundy

2010 vintage guide for red Burgundy

Weather Conditions Severe frost in December 2009 killed off some vines, and poor conditions during the flowering in June reduced the crop further, and promised a season of uneven ripening.…

ClosdesLambrays

2009 vintage guide for white Burgundy

Weather Conditions Spring was warm and flowering early and uneventful. Nor did the stormy conditions in mid-July do much serious damage, and the vines cruised on through August and early…

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2009 vintage guide for red Burgundy

Weather Conditions It was hot during the spring, but flowering was early, from late May onwards. Stormy spells in mid-July threatened oidium and mildew, and some treatments were required. Fortunately…

champagne

2013 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions One of the latest harvests since 1988, caused by delayed flowering into July. A warm rainless September saved the day. The reverse of 2012, a Chardonnay year par…

Champagne 2012

2012 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions A brilliant August and warm September made for an outstanding but small crop of Pinot Noir, best since 1952. Chardonnays big & foursquare are not in same league.…

Champagne 2006

2010 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions Intense mid August rainfall damaged prospects for black grapes. Not vintage quality but Chardonnay is stalwart of NV blends. Best Producers No recommendations.

Champagne 2009

2009 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions Dry winter led to a deficit in the water table. Fresh showers in spring put the vegetative cycle to rights. Flowering was fine but a chaotic stormy July…

Hong Kong

Mature Burgundy fuels Hong Kong wine auctions

Asian buyers have continued to snap up top rated mature Burgundy in a succession of recent Hong Kong auctions, but sales also suggest collectors are searching for a greater diversity…

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2010 vintage guide for Bordeaux

Weather Conditions It might have been hard to convince sceptics that Bordeaux was looking at another vintage of the century hard on the heels of 2009, but the En Primeur…

Bordeaux Graves vineyards

2011 vintage guide for Bordeaux

Weather Conditions After two excellent vintages, 2011 brought a return to reality. This was a strange year for weather – as many said at the time, it was summer in…