2006- Excellent white wine vintage. The white wines are noticeably
more aromatic than in 2005 with plenty of flesh and good structure, although
acidity is not high. These wines have a similar appeal to the 1992s at the same
stage. Many will be delicious to drink young while some, especially those
picked earlier, will have the structure for considerable ageing
2005 - A small crop of potentially very fine, concentrated wines
which should age extremely well.
2004 - Vigilant growers have made extremely attractive, quite
aromatic white wines which will develop over three to five years. Others
suffered from attacks of oidium in the vineyard, and there are some herbaceous
wines to be avoided.
2003 - The extraordinary vintage of the great August heatwave.
Very opulent white wines, particularly successful in the Maconnais. They key
was not to panic and pick too early, and especially not to panic and bottle the
wines too quickly. Those who aged their wines in barrel for as long as they
usually would do have made the most balanced wines.
2002 - An excellent vintage with well balanced crisp white wines
whose quality owes much to the sunny but coolish weather in September. The best
wines will age very well. Particularly successful in Chablis.
2001 - A good vintage which needed another week of hot sunny
weather to be outstanding. Well structured wines for drinking reasonably
2000 - Very good, with excellent ripeness. Some wines are
slightly lower in acidity than in 1999, so will be ready for drinking quite
1999 - A large crop of extremely good wines which are showing
character and class as they begin to mature.
1998 - Difficult weather conditions with both oidium and some
hail damage yielded some exotic, atypically rich wines; drink up. Very good in
1997 - A hot, dry, sunny September made for delicious white wines
which have been good to drink from the start. Drink them up now, except for the
1996 - September was very sunny (good for sugar ripeness) but
also very cool, which led to high levels of acidity. The vintage has matured
unevenly as a result with some wines now past their best and others still well
short of maturity. The best are outstanding.
1995 - Supple, well-balanced wines ready to drink now. Very good
quality across the board. Keep the top wines for a little longer.
Earlier fine vintages : 1992, 1990, 1989, 1985, 1979, 1973, 1969, 1964,
See Red Burgundy
- Recent Vintages