The vintages

Vintage 1998

Comments by Mr Jean-Pierre Renard, teacher at the Burgundy Wine School and at the BIVB, after tasting in November 2003.

White wines:

Low yields favorable to quality ripening. On tasting, these wines already prove to be very pleasant. Their color has slightly intensified into a beautiful golden yellow. Their nose expresses aromas of ripe fruit (apple, peach, quince, apricot…) with a mineral background full of freshness. On the palate, these full and full-bodied wines finish a little dry and suggest a fine evolution. Great overall quality of these Burgundian white wines. In Chablis and Auxerrois, this is a very great year.

Red wines:

Red wines are of excellent quality. The colors are an intense ruby red. The nose has seductive aromas of very ripe fruit (cherry, blackcurrant, plum…), mixed with subtle hints of liquorice and spices (blond tobacco). The palate is firm, even sometimes still a little austere: these are full-bodied wines, with tannins still present and slightly marked acidity. These wines will soften with age. The 1998 vintage reveals a strong personality that will delight the patient consumer.

Vintage 1999

Comments by Mr Jean-Pierre Renard, teacher at the Burgundy Wine School and at the BIVB, after tasting in November 2003.

White wines:

The colors are generally of a clear, intense, brilliant and limpid golden yellow. The olfactory examination reveals an excellent quality with aromas that are still not very powerful but quite complex. To the elegance of fresh fruit (apple, pear, citrus fruit...), is added the richness of dried fruit (apricot, grapes...) and some spices. The palate shows a nice freshness brought by a discreet acidity. Well-balanced, they are of a rare fullness. These qualities should enable them to age in the best conditions. This vintage is of great quality for all the white wines of Burgundy. The Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte de Beaune have produced wines worthy of the greatest vintages.

Red wines:

1999 brings the 20th century to a wonderful close: its red wines are both elegant and powerful. Their ruby- colored dresses are magnificent and already promise wines of great pleasure. Pleasure confirmed by exuberant noses, of rare complexity, where fruit is omnipresent in its most varied forms (red fruit maceration, black fruit jam, dried fruit....). This very fruity background is also mixed with notes of undergrowth and spices. On the palate, these wines are very well balanced. They have an excellent body and stout, with fine tannins that will ensure they age well. Remarkable vintage with great ageing potential.

Vintage 2000

Comments by Mr Jean-Pierre Renard, teacher at the Burgundy Wine School and at the BIVB, after tasting in November 2003.

White wines:

A mythical vintage which reserves some happy surprises. Where the yields have been controlled, wines of great finesse, some would even say "lace" wines. Very aromatic, they are marked by floral (acacia, hawthorn...) and fruity (white fruit) nuances. Their mouth is supple, tender and sometimes stout. They are elegant and charming, and some of them can already be appreciated. The Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte de Beaune have many successes with some amazing premiers and grands crus. The Chablisien and Auxerrois wines express a pleasant minerality and beautiful subtlety. As for the south of Burgundy, it signs, with the Mâconnais, a very fine vintage thanks to concentrated, perfectly balanced wines.

Red wines:

A very inhomogeneous year and therefore difficult to describe. Obviously, the hillside vines, well protected, located on quality soils and whose yields were controlled, gave an irreproachable raw material. This vintage is generally characterized by delicately perfumed wines with fruity scents mixed with a few aromatic notes of gingerbread and dried fruit. As for the palate, it is often supple and fresh. The tannins, which are still perceptible, should soften and thus allow these wines to show a certain elegance. This vintage, quite different from the previous ones, shows in an exemplary way that the best terroirs produce the best wines. On the whole, the wines of this vintage should be drunk fairly early. However, the great growths may have to wait a few years.

Vintage 2001

Comments by Mr Jean-Pierre Renard, teacher at the Burgundy Wine School and at the BIVB, after tasting in November 2003.

White wines:

A year of great interest, but with contrasts according to geographical origins. In the Auxerrois and Chablis regions, the wines ripened slowly; the wines, which have a beautiful aromatic freshness (green apple, fresh citrus fruit...), remain dominated by a slight acidity and an expressive minerality which will enable them to develop favorably over time. In the Maconnais, 2001 is considered by most producers as an exceptional vintage. Very aromatic and well concentrated, the wines have an almost perfect natural balance. Thanks to their structure and body, these wines will keep well. The wines of the Côte Chalonnaise and Côte de Beaune are straight and pure. They show magnificent aromatic qualities (citrus fruits, acacia, pear...). Their freshness and structure will guarantee them a quality ageing.

Red wines:

2001 is an irregular vintage where there is no shortage of successes. Quite colorful, sometimes with a ruby red color with a slight orange hue, these are pleasant wines with a nose of red fruits (plum, strawberry, cherry…) often with a slight hint of spice. The palate generally shows a certain firmness due to a still present acidity and slightly tight tannins. This very young vintage is just waiting to evolve as its potential is certain. To be discovered, with pleasure in a few years. For the heavier wines (premiers and grands crus), their qualities will reveal themselves in 5 to 10 years.

Vintage 2002

Comments by Mr Jean-Pierre Renard, teacher at the Burgundy Wine School and at the BIVB, after tasting in November 2003.

White wines:

A wonderful year. 2002 is without any doubt the year of “great” Chardonnay. With an intense aromatic expression, they remain very elegant. Marked by floral notes accompanied by scents of ripe fruit, they retain enough minerality and freshness to offer noses of astonishing complexity. Tender and round, they are full-bodied, sometimes powerful, and have an exemplary length on the palate. As for and their evolution, it promises to be excellent. In the Auxerrois and Chablis region, 2002 is considered as one of the greatest vintages of the last 20 years. In the Côte Chalonnaise and Côte de Beaune, the wines are exceptionally rich. Very well-balanced and already very pleasant, they show an impressive ageing potential.

Red wines:

2002 saw rainfall variations that were sometimes significant. But the excellent maturity of the grapes has in most cases, enabled us to produce colorful, charming wines with floral and fruity aromas (a real cocktail of red and black fruits). On the palate, one will notice a beautiful balance, roundness and substance, assertive but tender tannins and good length. The finish is still somewhat austere (youthful!) but of good quality. This is a great vintage which should age wonderfully but whose homogeneity remains relative. Although bottling has barely begun, we can already say that it will be one of the best and will keep well.

Vintage 2003

Comments by Mr Jean-Pierre Renard, teacher at the Burgundy Wine School and at the BIVB, after tasting in June 2005.

The “vintage of fire” is doing well. Highly concentrated at their birth due to an exceptional hot and sunny summer that resulted in a very early harvest, the wines of the “vintage of fire” have matured well during the maturing process and are beginning to express the qualities of refinement and distinction that characterize Burgundy wines made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Original and racy, the wines of the 2003 vintage are also of great rarity due to a harvest 25% lower than the average of the last 5 years. A precious vintage, therefore, which will be in the line with the great years of the Burgundian vineyard.

White wines:

The sometimes excessive ripening of the Chardonnay and Aligoté grapes led to fears of a lack of freshness and elegance in the white wines at their birth. This is true for certain cuvées that will have to be consumed quickly. This opinion is more nuanced for wines vinified and/or matured in barrels, as one producer of great white wines put it: “I was thinking of bottling the wines quickly and I changed my mind. The wines have indeed regained freshness on their lees”. With a beautiful golden colour, the white wines have expressive aromas of ripe fruit: citrus fruit, white fruit, yellow fruit, with sometimes nuances of exotic fruit or candied fruit and honey for the richest vintages. On the palate, roundness and fatness dominate, giving them a beautiful smoothness. Flattering and harmonious, most white wines ca already delight the palate. A few years in the bottle will allow wines from the best terroirs to express all the richness and complexity of this extraordinary vintage.

Red wines:

Fleshy, charming, rich, the red wines surprise with their diversified notes of very ripe red and black fruits, sometimes candied and spicy nuances. The colours are intense and deep with shimmering colours. The tannins, all round and silky, give them a solid and well-balanced structure which makes them destined for a fine future. These characteristics apply to most of appellations that have benefited from the same natural production conditions. This is an excellent opportunity for consumers to take an interest in the good quality/price ratio of regional appellations that can already be consumed with pleasure. Villages and Premiers Crus appellations require a few more years to reveal their aromatic potential and harmonize their complex and well-asserted flavours. As for the Grand Crus, all in power and concentration, they are made for laying down and will delight several generations of lovers of great wines. Indeed, experience shows that vintages made from very ripe grapes, as in 1989, have evolved remarkably over time.

Vintage 2004

Commented by Mr Jean-Pierre Renard, teacher at the Burgundy Wine School and at the BIVB, after tasting in June 2005.

A vintage of pleasure to discover 2004 will be remembered as a vintage of good surprise. Indeed, the capricious weather of the summer, the high potential of the future harvest and the slow development of ripening did not give cause for optimist. Fortunately, the intervention of the winegrowers in the vineyards to cut off the excess grapes and above all the installation of a real “Indian Summer”, hot, dry and sunny from the first days of September and during a good part of the harvest gave hope to the producers. With a qualitative objective in mind, they carried out numerous maturity checks in the plot and carried out selective sorting in the vineyard at the time of harvest and when the wines arrived in the winery. Despite this strict selection, the volume of the harvest was higher than the average of the last 5 years. Depending on the situation, the harvest dates and above all the size of the yields, the wines of the 2004 vintage offer a wide range of qualities that express the diversity of Burgundy’s terroirs.

White wines:

The white wines were generally harvested later than the reds. They thus benefited as much as possible from the beneficial rays of a sun that had become generous again. They are generally spontaneous, frank and of great purity. The aromatic palette is very diverse, combining nuances of citrus fruit, white flowers, ripe fruit (peach, apricot) and minerality according to the nature of the terroir and the concentration of the wines. On the palate, they have style and elegance with a good balance between softness and acidity which gives them a lot of freshness and highlights their fruitiness and personality.

Red wines:

In general, 2004 gave red wines less dense than 2003, but more with the traditional delicacy of the Pinot Noir. The wines are lively and well-coloured. The delicate, complex and very fresh aromas are composed of small red fruits (morello cherry), black fruits and sometimes spices in the most concentrated cuvées. On the palate, they are well-balanced with elegancy, a fine structure and a beautiful fullness. The 2004 red wines are charming and will very soon be able to offer a lot of pleasure to consumers.

In white as in red, the wines of the 2004 vintage, full of fruit and finesse, are fresh and well-balanced. They could be consumed relatively quickly, before those of the 2002 vintage. Many vintages will reserve some nice surprises after a few years in bottles.

Vintage 2005

Comments made in November 2006 (joint press conference 2006 BIVB – Hospices de Beaune).

An exceptional year.
Glorified right from the harvest as the conditions for its arrival in the world were so perfect, 2005 is the vintage of superlatives. Almost everything has been said about it: exceptional ripeness, perfect health, exemplary bunches, etc.

White wines:

The Mâconnais:

The Mâconnais signed an exceptional vintage with 2005. Wines of uncommon aromatic richness and complexity evoke aromas of ripe fruit and dried fruit to which are added delicious notes of confectionery. With a very good level of acidity and an excellent softness, their dense and round palate gives an extraordinary sensation of plenitude. Not yet fully revealed, this very great vintage, with its impressive ageing potential, will make history.

The Chablisien:

The wines of the 2005 vintage appear pleasant and seductive. Marked on the nose by acidulous and fruity notes associated with a very pure minerality, they are a real treat. Their perfectly balanced, round and perfectly structured palate is a model of harmony, their beautiful acidity removing any heaviness. A flattering and complete vintage whose aptitude for ageing seems obvious. A flattering and complete vintage whose aptitude for ageing seems obvious.

The Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte de Beaune:

Although still closed and not very expressive, the wines from this vintage are very clean and straightforward. Serious and beautifully structured, they promise an excellent ageing potential. Consistent and remarkably well-balanced, they offer a sumptuous palate, full of volume and power. A very great year that we will nevertheless have to wait a little.

Red wines:

The Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte de Beaune:

From the regional appellation to the Grand Cru, everything is superb. The quality of this vintage is such that it seems impossible to do better. Nothing is missing: the colour of a splendid dark ruby, the nose with nuances of ripe berries, spices and blond tobacco; the palate with an astonishing texture and consistency, the impressive length. It is as simple as saying it: a vintage of exceptional class that will leave its mark on history.

The Côte de Nuits:

Just like their neighbouring Côte de Beaune wines, the red wines of the Côte de Nuits border on perfection. Tasty with an extraordinary fruitiness, these are wines of great precision for which superlatives are lacking. Racy, they are the ideal expression, the quintessence of their grape variety: Piot Noir in all its splendour! Can we even imagine what they will be in 10, 15 or 20 years?

Vintage 2006

Comments made in November 2007 (joint press conference 2006 BIVB – Hospices de Beaune).

Charming Burgundy Wines! Charmer. This is the word that comes up most when we talk about the 2006 vintage in Burgundy. After a year marked by a certain meteorological “fantasy”, the work of the professionals has paid off. 2006, an exciting vintage that required constant attention, both in the vineyard and in the vatting houses, excelled on the whites and surprised on the reds.

White wines:

The Mâconnais:

2006 is undoubtedly a vintage of great winegrowers and great terroirs. Very aromatic, with scents of white fruit, pear and peach underlined by elegant floral notes, the white wines of the Mâconnais are very expressive and very pleasant. Their fresh acidity balances a beautiful roundness and a remarkable smoothness. Tasty, even exuberant, they can already sit at the table to the delight of lovers of young and fruity wines.

The Chablisien and the vineyards of the Yonne:

The maturity and balance of the 2006 wines are quite exceptional. This vintage, in the opinion of most of the winegrowers of the Yonne, should be considered as a reference vintage. According to some, it is even said to be the greatest of the last ten years. Quality of the fruit, minerality, balance, corpulence, everything is there for these wines to give the best of themselves within a few years. 2006 will be the vintage for laying down per excellence!

The Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte de Beaune:

The fine weather in September enabled us to obtain perfect ripeness while maintaining a good level of acidity. The wines are particularly pleasant and aromatic. Their nose evokes subtle aromas of citrus fruit ad fresh fruit accompanied by tenderly spicy floral scents. On the palate, fresh and sometimes tense, their roundness is quite appreciable. Harmonious and with excellent ageing potential, they can be enjoyed from a young age, but their ageing potential being real, they will undoubtedly delight patient wine lovers (5 to 10 years).

Red wines:

The Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte de Beaune:

After a dull August, September – with the return of milder weather – saw the Pinot Noir ripen in good conditions. With a beautiful ruby colour, the wines of the 2006 vintage are particularly fruity. Very frank and expressive, they release intense aromas of red fruits (strawberry, raspberry, cherry…) and spices mixed with hints of light tobacco and liquorice. Their palate is well-structured with a good acidity bringing a pleasant freshness. Tannins, of great quality, are still firm on the finish but will soften quite quickly. A surprising vintage in which the elegance of Pinot Noir will be highlighted in the best possible way.

The Côte de Nuits:

2006 will be a vintage to be reckoned with in the Côte de Nuits. Straight and pure, its wines are of a rare elegance. Their undeniable aromatic quality underlined by an extraordinary fruitiness and their astonishing complexity will be remembered: their nose is a subtle bouquet of berries, flowers and spices. Their palate, of great precision and real corpulence, is enriched with silky tannins. With good body and undeniable persistence, it will soften quickly. A vintage of great classicism, 2006 has been a great success in the Côte de Nuits.

Vintage 2007

Comments made in November 2007 (joint press conference 2006 BIVB – Hospices de Beaune).

In Burgundy, patience and made-to-measure.

After the doubts and worries of an autumnal summer (even Climatology), relief was evident throughout Burgundy from the start of vinification, due to the high quality of the musts tasted. The nice surprise rewards the efforts made by the Burgundy professionals who did not hesitate to carry out, during the harvest, an efficient sorting, worthy of an haute couture work. The fresh temperatures and the meticulous work of the professionals made it possible to resist the climatic aggressions. In fact, both in the vineyard and in the winery, the winegrowers selected each berry and adjusted their winemaking itineraries, to keep only the quintessence of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the kings of Burgundy! The trend for the 2007 vintage is to offer wines that are both very up to date and faithful to the great classics of Burgundy. Novices will be able to learn about the pleasure of these wines, while amateurs will find in each vintage the spirit of the great Burgundies as well as the talent of each creator-winemaker. These wines, sophisticated but accessible, can be drunk quite quickly as they are already pleasant to taste.

White wines: great parity of tastes

Having benefited from the sun’s rays until mid-September, the 2007 vintage in white shows a remarkable tipicity. This year, in Burgundy, Chardonnay reveals all its facets. Chablis wines, marked by a characteristic minerality, remain lively before their malolactic fermentation. In southern Burgundy, the white wines of the Mâconnais and Côte Chalonnaise, harvested later, have gained in opulence and aromatic diversity. In Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits, elegance and harmony predominate, reflecting the subtlety of each terroir, reviving classic Burgundy vintages.

Red wines: a burst of freshness

The 2007 vintage offers flavours of fresh and tasty red fruits. The delicacy or the aromas perceived on the first nose finds all its counterpart on the palate by the amplitude, roundness and silky finish of these wines of pleasure. The maturity of the skins has allowed the attentive winemakers to moderate the extractions, building a structure with finesse. In addition, the acidity present at the time of harvest, mainly due to high concentrations of malic acid, disappears during malolactic fermentation, contributing to the right balance on the palate. Wines have a beautiful cherry red colour with a few purplish tints, characteristic of fresh vintage.

Vintage 2008

Comments made in May 2009 (source BIVB).

2008 played with the nerves of the winegrowers.

Indeed, it was not until mid-September that the vines benefited from the return of good conditions: the sun and the north wind allowed the grapes to reach full maturity for the harvest. As in 2007, the work in the vineyard and the choice to sacrifice part of the harvest paid off. The practice of careful sorting, as well as the choice of moderate yields, led to a below-average harvest volume, one of the lowest in the last ten years. Almost a year after the harvest, the wines, if not all bottle, are already asserting a beautiful personality.

White wines:

The Chablisien and the Auxerrois:

The maturity observed at harvest time is now reflected in very attractive wines with a magnificent balance. Their remarkable freshness and minerality underline the great classicism of this vintage which is also characterized by an excellent mouthfeel.

The Mâconnais:

This 2008 wines contain everything that makes the charm of Mâconnais wines and makes them so enjoyable: an unequalled quality of fruit, roundness and texture. Perfectly balanced, they seduce with their deliciously gourmet character. A very fine vintage!

The Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte de Beaune:

2008 can already be considered as a great vintage. Marked by notes of ripe fruit and citrus fruit, wines are of an unusual aromatic richness. On the palate, generous, full-bodied and pleasantly fresh, is a model of its kind.

Red wines:

The Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte de Beaune:

The superb intensity of the ruby red colouring demonstrates the excellent ripeness of the grapes of this vintage. As for the noses, they are distinguished by their great frankness, elegance and aromatic complexity: red fruit scents are mixed with hints of spices and light tobacco. The palate is both ample and tender thanks to the suppleness of the tannins. Very beautiful wines which will reserve us splendid surprises.

The Côte de Nuits:

Like those of the neighbouring Côte de Beaune, the red wines of the Côte de Nuits are superbly balanced and of exceptional aromatic quality. Their nose, of exemplary clarity, reveals subtle floral scents accompanied by very pleasant aromas of stone fruit and dried fruit. On the palate, with a supple attack and impressive volume, they seduce by their harmony and the quality of their tannins. With an excellent length and an impressively long finish, it is the sign of a great vintage with a promising future.

The Crémants de Bourgogne:

The meteorological conditions were perfect for the production of the Crémant de Bourgogne, harvested earlier than still wines. Indeed, a fairy high level of acidity and a moderate sugar content are necessary to obtain the best expression of these sparkling wines. There is no doubt that 2008 will be great vintage for the Crémants de Bourgogne.

Vintage 2009

Comments made in August 2010 (Mathilde Paturaud, press officer France of the BIVB).

In 2009, the vines enjoyed ideal conditions throughout their cycle and, more particularly, during the maturing phase, bathed in light. Sunshine and warmth were in fact the order of the day throughout august and September giving an extraordinary raw material that was revealed during the vinification process. The authentic character of these wines is confirmed as the wines begin to be bottled. The 2009 vintage is keeping its promises!

White wines:

The Chablisien and the Auxerrois:

Following a capricious flowering, the harvest was spread over two weeks. But, the excellent weather conditions enabled the grapes to reach perfect ripeness. Aromatic and tender, the wines are flattering and elegant, with a beautiful minerality and very good structure. For the north of Burgundy, 2009 will be a brilliant success and a vintage that will make history.

The Mâconnais:

With a hot summer and relatively low rainfall, the conditions were right to obtain grapes of a beautiful maturity. The wines are particularly greedy and their aromatic quality is impressive. Well-balanced and full- bodied, they have everything to seduce but nevertheless have a superb potential for development over the next few years, characteristic of a very great vintage.

The Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte de Beaune:

Like the other vineyards of Burgundy, the Côte de Beaune and Côte Chalonnaise experienced very favourable climatic conditions, which enabled the Chardonnay to reach ideal maturity. Intensely aromatic, generous and tender, the wines display an imposing body and remarkable balance. 2009 should rightly be considered as a very great vintage, not only pleasant in its youth but with undeniable ageing potential.

Red wines:

The Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte de Beaune:

Superb vintage which will be one of the greatest. The excellent ripeness of the grapes enabled us to obtain well-balanced, full and powerful wines with exquisite fruitiness and exemplary smoothness. Their round tannins make them particularly pleasant and greedy and will allow them to age in the best conditions.

The Côte de Nuits:

In 2009, the Côte de Nuits produced magnificent, racy wines with aromas of red berries, flowers and black fruit. They are well-balanced and impressively full-bodied, with an impressively long, fleshy mouthfeel, which will certainly make this a very fine vintage for laying down.

Crémant de Bourgogne:

Harvested early in order to maintain sufficient acidity to guarantee freshness, the 2009 vintage has a beautiful structure on the palate for the Crémant de Bourgogne. It offers an intense aromatic expression, faithful to the Burgundy grape varieties: notes of citrus fruit and white flowers for the Chardonnay and notes of red fruit for the Pinot Noir.

Vintage 2010

Comments made in May 2011 (Mathilde Paturaud, press officer France of the BIVB).

The 2010 vintage in Burgundy is a success despite the delicate climatic conditions. 2 000 years of history have indeed allowed the vines and the people of Burgundy to adapt to all situations. Here, winemaking is an art that ignores the easy way out. Here, the level of ripeness and the state of health were paramount in the choice of the harvested date. Although the harvest is usually carried out by colour (traditionally red then white), the winegrowers, concerned about quality, have alternated between red and white plots. There is no doubt that the 2010 Burgundy wines have some great surprises in store for wine lovers! The harvest having ended at the beginning of October, it is still too early to judge the wines of this vintage definitively, even if a few dominant features are already emerging.

White wines:

From the north to the south of Burgundy, the white wines let you perceive the full range of expressions of Burgundy Chardonnay, often copied, never equaled! These balanced wines are appreciated for their freshness and purity. The minerality, present in the mouth, illustrates the typicality of the Burgundian’s terroirs. They reflect the elegance and finesse of the great classics of Burgundy

Red wines:

The olfactory nuances of the red wines are in the register of red and fresh fruit. These very fragrant wines also have a pretty cherry red colour. On the palate, they reveal silky tannins and a beautiful harmony between acidity and roundness. The sensation of persistent freshness perfectly reflects the expression of Pinot Noir in Burgundy.

Crémant de Bourgogne:

The 2010 vintage presents good quality juices for both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The quality of the grapes has allowed a gentle extraction giving basic wines with no excess acidity, intense aromatic expression and good maturity.