Like the rest of Burgundy, the Côte Chalonnaise had extraordinary weather conditions in 2003. Nonetheless, the vintage has produced wines which will provide delightful, affordable drinking over the next few years. Higher altitude and less-exposed east-facing sites have yielded the best wines. Reds are sumptuous with deep violet colour, very ripe red fruit aromas, supple tannins and sufficient acidity. Whites are less successful overall, but there are many wines which exhibit pale gold colour, exotic honeyed nose and ample weight and body, although with less minerality and acidity than normal. Most wines will be shipped over the next few months.

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