The Côte d’Or vignerons are happy that 2017 produced the first normal sized crop in several years. After a cold start, warm weather followed into Spring promoting earlier vine growth than usual. Late frost risks at the end of April, were avoided by those who burnt straw bales to create a protective screen for their young vine buds. After a successful flowering, warm sunny weather continued through to berry set. Finally, the first harvests began on the 4th September and on the 9th in the Côte de Nuits. Healthy grapes were picked with balanced fruit ripeness and refreshing acidity. It was not easy for everybody, Pommard suffered low volumes as did frost hit Chablis.
The 2017 is a fine, approachable vintage to enjoy over the next two decades. The reds have a silky charm displaying soft cherry and red fruits concentration, smooth tannins with moderate alcohol and acidity balance. From open expressive bourgogne rouge through to well structured grand crus, there are fine examples in most appellations. The whites have fresh, intense aromatics, rich stone fruit mid palates energised by precise, prominent acidities. They are not too dissimilar to the classic 2014 and 2012 vintages. As with the reds, there are some delicious and good value wines down the whole region.
So far we can propose the following selections from some of the leading growers. Other size bottles are available on request.