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1961 vintage guide for Red Burgundy

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A notable year with wines showing decent concentration

Weather Conditions

A mild and damp winter was followed by a warm spring. Due to variable weather in June, flowering was prolonged over the course of three weeks (rather than the more usual one). Temperatures were relatively low during July, with particularly cool nights, but picked up somewhat in August. A fine September led to a comfortable harvest. The ripeness and concentration of the grapes was uneven.

Best Appellations

Aloxe Corton and Beaune

Best Producers

This was a great and outstanding year for the region with most producers doing well. The wines had great structure and lasted well, but unfortunately the vintage was a small one. Bouchard Pere et Fils Corton Charlemagne and L’Enfant Jesus are the two best examples of this fine year.

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