Burgundy Vintage Reports 2015

 

Domaine Paul Garaudet (Monthelie) :

 Concerning the 2015 vintage, we had ann exceptional growing season, that’s to say a record of sunny days. And for us several passages of rain at the right time, which is not the case in the whole of Burgundy.

Concerning the white wines, we have very pure wines of beautiful matter, beautiful acidity, beautiful length in mouth, promising great wines in a relatively normal quantity, that is between 25 and 45 hl/ha

For the reds, which were harvested first, because the crop was small, between 25 and 35 hl/ha the wines are deeply colored with a lovely tannic structure, a lot of concentration as a result of the small quantities coming from a beautiful parcel, therefore very promising wines for the moment, it is still early to tell the temps de garde (how long to lay it down and when it will be ready to drink).

 

Domaine Romuald Petit (St Verand) :

 The 2015 vintage was marked by heat, and intense dryness.Harvest began August 28th, two weeks early, maturity was excellent, and the sanitary state of the grapes was exceptional.

For the reds, the 2015 vintage will be probably be among the best vintages that we have had here in recent decades.

The Morgon and Chiroubles 2015 have intense color, aromas of black fruits and spices, an imposing structure, and silken tannins.

The Chardonnays from St. Veran have an appealing fruitiness, freshness, a very structured mouth, with a lot of roundness, resulting in wines that are very agreeable to drink.

 

Burgundy Vintage Reports 2014

 

Domaine Paul Garaudet (Monthelie) :

 After a very rainy winter, we had a quite dry and warm  spring, which caused a very rapid budbreak.

Beautiful weather during flowering, but end of june, we had a hailstorm in the villages of Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Monthelie and Meursault, causing a  20% up to 95% loss of crop, depending on the vineyard.

The month of july and until the 15 th of august, the weather was average, after which, continuing through harvest the weather was beautiful, and quite hot reaching temperatures of 28 degrees..The result is wines with a lot of fruit, a lot of aromatics, and fullness. Lovely concentration, but not aggressive.

It’s still a bit early to tell but I think “un vin de plaisir”, easy to drink.

  

 Domaine Rois Mages (Rully), Anne-Sophie Debavalaere :

 After a summer of mixed weather, the sun of September made the wine growers of RULLY smile once again.

We were already lucky having escaped the hailstorms and other inclemencies of summer.

The grapes are  a beautiful , clean quality, both in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The grapes are healthy, sweet and aromatic, The Pinot Noir is sorted by hand on a large vibrating sorting table that is efficient and effective.

I tasted our RULLY Chardonnays in barrel, I find them to be already supple, well balanced, pleasing……

I think that this promising vintage could be a great year, notably for the whites…..

The pinot noirs, now tranquil in their oak barrels, will be tasted next…….

 

Domaine Romuald Petit (Saint Verand) :

 As for the 2014 vintage, we are very happy with the vintage, and for two reasons:

First of all, after several successive vintages of very small harvests, here finally is a bountiful harvest, with the correct meteorological conditions for maturation and good weather during harvest. This should allow us to replenish our stocks.

In addition, the quality of the vintage is really there, the wines are very perfumed and very gourmand.

The white vines have a beautiful balance, with an intense aromatic richness. These wines will certainly be very successful, with a very consistant quality.

The red wines from the north of Beaujolais are equally successful . They express typicity of style and are very structured. There will be a few lighter wines, but many very good ones.

To sum up, if I was offered 20 more years like 2014, I’d sign up immediately.