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1983 vintage guide for Red Burgundy

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The best of the wines are rich and concentrated but some vineyards suffered from rot

Weather Conditions

Spring saw appaling weather conditions: temperatures were low and rain fell heavily. There were heavy, if localised, hailstorms in May: Vosne-Romanée and Chambolle-Musigny were particularly affected, losing a third of the crop. However a hot, dry June saw a good flowering and the sunny conditions continued throughout July and much of August. Heavy rainfall and little sunshine at the end of that month and through to mid-September adversely affected the ripening process and brought on rot; and the harvest took place in changeable weather.

Best Appellations

Rot in Gevrey-Chambertin, hail in Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée and Chambolle-Musigny, so certainly more consistent in the Côte de Beaune. Yet the great wines are in the Côte de Nuits. In all the wines the structure is to the fore, and in many cases there is nothing within the scaffolding, or what there is is now dried out. But the best are better than the 1985s, though there are far fewer of them.

Best Producers

Marquis d’Angerville, Denis Bachelet, Gaston Barthod-Noellat, Drouhin, Grivot, Jean Gros, Alain Hudelot-Noellat, Jadot, Lafarge, Hubert de Montille, Pousse d’Or, Georges Roumier, Armand Rousseau.

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