The 2017 Burgundy Briefing Vintage Report is an in-depth assessment (over 400 pages) of the 2017 vintage on the Côte d’Or. The season began and finished early with harvest commencing at the end of a rather warm August. It’s a solar vintage, but not extrovert. The sunny style reds and whites are fruity, but quite trim, medium bodied and just fresh enough. Pinot has predominantly red fruit with supple tannins. It’s generally very pleasing and relatively consistent in style and quality.
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 sixty four pages, however I begin with a few key facts to summarise.