Burgundy for the fourth time – the 2013 vintage has arrived

This is our fourth vintage overview.
Although the vintage was almost a write-off, we sat down to taste the wines and we were not disappointed. 

Firstly, a winter that lasted until June, then rain and cold at the time of flowering, lingering cloudiness, monsoon rains, and then finally a heat wave and hail. The delays added up and there had been no precedent of such a late harvest since 1991. In the end, it turned out that the small, sparse clusters were to save the vintage because they decreased the danger of infectious diseases and had the chance to ripen. On average, yields were down by a third.

Despite all this, good wines were certainly born in 2013. What is almost as miraculous is that we got hold of some of them and based on our tastings, we are glad we didn’t skip this vintage. A winning strategy might be a white choice – the Clos-du-Château from Château de Puligny-Montrachet may not have shown any more in any other vintage – among the reds the Les Cents Vignes from Domaine des Croix is a safe bet once again. As in the case of every difficult vintage, it is also true in 2013 that the higher we get up the hierarchy of Burgundy’s Classification system, the less we should worry about the quality.