Burgundy 2010 vintage report: 'Classic' whites says Decanter

  • Tuesday 1 November 2011

Burgundy lovers should snap up the white 2010 vintage, Sarah Marsh MW says in the latest issue of Decanter.

Meursault

Meursault: 'most varied in style'

Burgundy 2010
is a small, light and refreshing vintage, Marsh says, ‘more classically Burgundian than 2009, driven by firm acidity but also ripe.’

But it comes with a caveat. Due to poor flowering the crop was small, so 2010 is going to be more expensive: ‘Nevertheless, bite the bullet and buy – it will provide a refreshing contrast to [the] more extrovert [2009].’

There are other considerations buyers should take into account, Marsh says. The quality is not universal as grape maturation was erratic, ‘differing markedly’ in different communes.

In Chablis for example, high acidity was a problem for the smaller producers so you should ‘take care with village wines’.

Meursault is very varied in style, while Puligny-Montrachet is ‘reliable, pure and energetic with crisp expression of terroir.’

Marsh gave nine 5-star awards, of which Puligny-Montrachet accounts for four.

Overall, it is a vintage that will reward cellaring, the top crus with the potential to last 20 years or more, and the best village wines with at least eight years' life ahead of them.

Read the full report in the December issue of Decanter. Subscribe to Decanter this month and save up to 44%

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