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1989 vintage guide for Red Burgundy

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A hot year, producing fruity, elegant wines especially from the Cote de Beaune

Weather Conditions

A mild winter and spring resulted in early, profuse vegetation. Flowering was early but prolonged. Summer was hot and dry, with long hours of sunshine. Luckily, enough rain fell towards the end of August to prevent the grapes from shrivelling. September saw an early harvest of a ripe, rich crop.

Best Appellations

In general, 1989 is a vintage that has favoured the fuller appellations, eg, Pommard rather than Volnay or Beaune, Nuits-Saint-Georges and Vosne-Romanée rather than Chambolle-Musigny. The generalisation is truer at village than at premier and grand cru level, however. Savigny-lès-Beaune and Pernand-Vergelesses produced good wines, but the Cortons are variable. Further north, the village of Gevrey-Chambertin is also patchy.

Best Producers

Comte Armand, Drouhin, Dujac, René Engel, Faiveley, Alain Hudelot-Noëllat, Louis Jadot, Henri Jayer, Dr. Georges Mugneret, J.F. Mugnier, Georges Roumier, Armand Rousseau, De Vogüé.

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