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1988 vintage guide for White Burgundy

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A large harvest but the wines tend to lack concentration

Weather Conditions

An unexceptional winter was followed by a mild but damp spring that continued well into early summer. Despite the wet conditions, flowering was adequate. Temperatures picked up by July and three months of ideally sunny and dry conditions, with just the right amount of rainfall to prevent the crop from drying out, followed. The harvest took place in ideal conditions in October. The growing conditions resulted in the production of a crop that was somewhat on the large size, both in terms of the size of the bunches and of the grapes themselves. As a result, there was a lack of concentration in the vintage.

Best Appellations

The whites are proportionately better as one climbs the hierarchy from village wine to grand cru. It was a good year for the out-of-the-way villages that pick later, but these will now be largely past their best. A good year for Corton-Charlemagne.

Best Producers

Blain-Gagnard, Bonneau du Martray, Michel Colin-Deléger, Drouhin (Le Montrachet, Marquis de Laguiche), Olivier Leflaive Frères (for the Criots), Ramonet, Sauzet.

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