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1986 vintage guide for Red Burgundy

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A large vintage of indifferent quality with poor concentration

Weather Conditions

A cold winter segued into a cool, wet spring. The weather did not really improve until early June, which saw a late flowering take place under near-ideal conditions. There was little change in the pattern until the outbreak of thunderstorms towards the end of August. The rainy weather continued on into September, resulting in a high incidence of grey rot. Late in the month, temperatures picked up, and much of the harvest took place under exemplary conditions.

Best Appellations

The Côte de Nuits is very much better than the Côte de Beaune, but quality is variable. The wines are now old, however. Only a few of the very top grands crus are worth bothering about.

Best Producers

Drouhin, Faiveley, Jean Gros, Jadot, J.F. Mugnier, Roumier, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

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