A marvellous year for Red Burgundies with rich, concentrated, and well-structured wines being produced. Spring and most of the summer saw alternating warm and wet weather. August was hot and by the time the rains fell in mid-September, the Pinot Noir grapes had developed healthy, thick skins. In fact there was concern that the skins were too thick and that the tannins in the wines would be hard and out of balance. These fears prompted Robert Parker to dismiss the vintage out of hand, even before the wines were actually made! His fears have proved totally unfounded.
The wines are remarkably consistent throughout the breadth of the Côte d`Or and in many ways 1993 has produced the most classic Red Burgundies of the decade. The wines are fragrant, elegant, balanced and rich in fruit. The tannins have softened and most of the wines are delicious now. The very top wines will benefit from another 5 years of cellaring.