Small quantities of light, quite fast-maturing wine
Early spring was warm and mainly dry, resulting in early budding. However, heavy rainfall and cool temperatures during May and June caused damage to the flowering. Conditions were mixed for much of summer, heavy rainfall alternating with dry periods, but early September saw the weather change and become sunny and warm, and the small crop ripened well. The late harvest took place in hot weather.
The Côte de Beaunes are rather better than they were in 1986. It is difficult to generalise about the superiority or otherwise of the Côte de Nuits 1987s over 1986: it depends on the wine. Many wines, in both sectors, now show rather dead-leaf, dried-up flavours. Few wines have much vigour left, and these are in the Côte de Nuits.
Robert Ampeau, Marquis d’Angerville, Grivot, Jean Gros, Jadot, Michel Lafarge, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.