Côte d’Or 2020 whites score: 4/5
Côte d’Or 2020 reds score: 4.5/5
‘2020 was the third year in a row of hot, dry weather, and may prove a template for the future era of global warming.’
White wine of the vintage:
Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Montrachet Grand Cru
Red wine of the vintage:
Domaine Georges Roumier, Musigny Grand Cru
The unique conditions – economic as well as meteorological – of 2020 mean it is an exceptional Burgundy vintage.
The potential was there to make sublime wine if one avoided the traps of overripeness and over-extraction.
A judicious choice of picking date and a gentle hand in the winery were required, but the best producers made delicious wines that will last for decades.
‘It’s good. But is it Burgundy?’, I found myself asking on more than one occasion during the recent month I spent in the region tasting the 2020 vintage.
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After more than 1,200 samples tasted, I’m still on the fence. There is one certainty, however. As more than one winemaker pointed out: ‘We have no choice but to deal with what nature has given us.’