2018 White Burgundy
Ripe, powerful and bold wines
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2018 is a vintage of attractively ripe wines with firm fruit and a certain supporting structure. They are powerful but not heavy. Extrovert and bold, they will be enjoyable young and in the mid-term.
An ideal season: rain in the vegetative phase and sun during ripening
The maturity of the grapes reflects last year’s unbroken sunny summer weather. From 25th June until the harvest it was warm and, apart from the odd storm, there was little or no rain, allowing the grapes to ripen fully. By contrast plentiful spring rain had created a good reserve of water in the soil for the vines to draw upon, so that there was neither heat stress nor raisining of the grapes later in the season.
That water supply, along with a successful flowering, ensured a generous harvest the size of which mitigated some of the heat and explains why the grapes are ripe but not overripe. Anticipating their precocity, the producers began harvesting at the end of August and brought in ripe and balanced fruit in very good health, with no fungal diseases in evidence. The resulting wines have a striking purity of fruit about them.
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