Burgundy 2020 - An Early Vintage Success Story
After a mild Autumn and Winter, warm dry conditions prevailed through to the end of summer. April saw an additional 42 hours of sunshine with temperatures frequently exceeding 23°C. An early bud break was around 24 days ahead of the previous 2019 vintage, with growers having to de-bud and ‘dédoublage’ (remove shoots to reduce foliage and yield) simultaneously.
Warm, dry, breezy weather continued through the summer but a lack of rain meant a smaller crop. They started picking the Chardonnay as early as the 13th August in the Mâconnais. The whites across the region have a broad aromatic profile, showing high fruit intensity and a moderately high acid balance. The Pinots were picked in September expressing their rich black fruit characteristics on vinification, soft tannins and bold flavours.
Both the reds and whites excelled in what can only be described as another small but excellent vintage. Our selection expresses the rich, ripeness of the year, terroir character but without the alcoholic heat. Despite the challenges, the best burgundies are fresh, concentrated and balanced. Many can be enjoyed young, although the top crus will age well over the mid to long term.