Burgundy 2010 – The Terroirist’s Year

on 08/12/11 at 10:51 am


Both David Roberts and I spent a glorious two weeks in Burgundy tasting through the 2010 wines. With a combined effort, we covered as far north as Chablis and as far south as Beaujolais (a region to pay much attention to because quality has catapulted and many wines are just fantastic value). We could not have been more impressed and it was a truly palate-opening experience.

In my own experience, I can honestly say that besides 2005, the 2010 vintage was the most thrilling for me to taste ‘en primeur’. Racy, yet succulent at the same time, almost all of the wines embodied a laser-like core to them making them incredibly pure, focused, mineral, super fresh and terroir-driven but with wonderfully ripe fruit. Chiselled was one of the adjectives of choice in many of the cellars. They are quite different from 2005’s powerful, broad and velvety personalities.

It is also a vintage that is notably unlike 2009. Though 2009 was wonderfully delicious and easy to appreciate overall, 2010 will be for the Burgundy lover. Each terroir is exact and expressive. Chambolle’s Cras could not be anything else, while Puligny’s Perrières was all lace and polished stones. Yet varieties also triumph. The reds truly ‘pinote’ as the vignerons say, meaning that they are Pinot Noir at its best.



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