The 2017 Burgundy Briefing Vintage Report is an in-depth assessment of the 2016 vintage on the Côte d’Or. Nightmare beginning, fairytale end. The memory of the devastating April frost will recede as delightful, medium bodied reds with juicy cherry fruit and supple tannins spread welcome cheer. The 2016 produced very digestible reds. Pinot as we like it. The whites are ripe, but not rich & are more restrained than 2015. Volumes are tiny and style, in the most damaged places, deviates to ‘strong’ whites and more concentrated reds.
The report has become a valuable tool for buying these expensive wines, but remans true its original concept to be an engaging insight into the region, aimed at those who wish to keep informed about Burgundy’s latest vintage and its people.
There are two comprehensive vintage reports, one for red wine another for white, which follow a similar format. They include plenty of contributions from the growers and hence cover fifty pages, however I begin with a few key facts to summarise.