2010 White Burgundy: New Releases
The 2010 is an excellent vintage for white Burgundies. The wines are fresh and tightly structured with good minerality and vibrant acidity. The wines are quite a contrast with the lower acid, more voluptuous 2009 Burgundies we reviewed last year. Yields in 2010 were down significantly—as much as a third from 2009—due to a series of misfortunes. Severe winter frosts did damage to some low lying vineyards. Then a cool wet spring resulted in coulure (poor fruit set) and millerandage (hens and chicks), followed by hail damage in some areas, especially Chablis. However, the tide turned during harvest with cool temperatures that preserve fresh fruit character. We recently tasted several newly released 2010 Burgundies imported by JAO Imports. Our tasting notes follow.
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