1971 vintage guide for White Burgundy

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A very fine vintage although quantities were small

Weather Conditions

The buds burst early due to the mild spring weather, but the crop was reduced by a cold, damp June. A hot July followed, but August saw unsettled conditions, with storms and some hail in the middle of the month. This was corrected a sunny September. Picking began early, on the 16th. Conditions produced an exceptional crop of Chardonnay that turned into full, concentrated wines.

Best Appellations

This was an excellent white Burgundy vintage: a very small harvest of healthy, balanced, concentrated wines. Consistent across the board.

Best Producers

Jadot, François Jobard, Lafon, Louis Latour’s Corton-Charlemagne, Leflaive, Pierre Morey, Ramonet, Roulot. The whites have held up better than the reds but are fading now.