Printed by, and for the sole use of. Nowadays, with climate change triggering extreme weather across the globe on a regular basis, the odds that a growing season in Burgundy will be problem-free seem infinitesimal. Judging from what I tasted during my annual tour during the end of May and early June, brought high quality as well. These are pure, easygoing, fruit-driven wines of considerable charm, and a good number of them are more serious than that. Domaine Leflaive and its neighbors in Puligny-Montrachet used a helicopter to stir up the air over its vineyards and prevent the frost from settling. June remained warm and sunny — and especially hot from the 18th through the 27th — but nighttime temperatures were generally moderate.
Conditions were cool and cloudy until the third week in June, after which summer was dry and warm until mid-September, when further cool and cloudy weather began to provoke rot; a speedy harvest took place in late September. The harvest losses vary from 55 per cent for Chablis and Petit Chablis to 35 per cent for Premier Cru wines and 15 per cent for Grand Cru wines, making this the most difficult vintage for Chablis in terms of quantity since the s. Flowering, in early June, was unproblematic, and summer was generally warm and dry. The wines have ample fruit, with fresh though not steely acidity.
Burgundy - white Chablis suffered greatly from frost in , resulting in very reduced volumes. Cooler nights across the region have resulted in higher-than-usual acidity, with good conditions throughout the harvest season allowing for ripe, healthy fruit. However, what remains is considered good quality in a classic style — that is, without any particular extremes of acid, alcohol, body or fruit concentration. Chablis was affected by hail in early September, damaging hectares of vineyard. Lower acidity levels make the wines richer but less precise than the s.