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Vintage Chart for Côte d'Or

2018 *** Hailed by producers as a great vintage, possibly a rival to 1947 (which was very hot, rich, and alcoholic). Another large vintage (al-though not a large as 2017), with harvest starting very early in August, and grapes reaching high levels of ripeness, so alcohol may be high, sometimes 14% for grand crus. Acidification was common. Reds will be rich, whites could have problems with maintaining freshness.
2017 ** Largest crop since 2009, some differences depending on whether producers picked before or after rain was forecast for first week of September. Quality is good, although not as concentrated as 2016 or 2015 for reds, and whites range from very good to outstanding. Both reds and whites often show a tang of acidity on the finish.
2016 ** A rich vintage for both whites and reds. The whites are immediately appealing, but seem to have enough freshness to last better than the 2009 vintage. The reds have good structure as well as richness, deep and round. Superficially more opulent than the 2016 vintage, they should age well.
2015 *** A rich vintage for both whites and reds. The whites are immediately appealing, but seem to have enough freshness to last better than the 2009 vintage. The reds have good structure as well as richness, deep and round, and should age well. They are superficially more opulent than the 2016 vintage.
2014 * Storms with hail during growing season reduced crop greatly in many communes, but weather improved after very difficult August. Whites tend to be fruity and easy. Reds are not as rich as 2009, 2012, or 2015, but should be good for short to mid term.
2013 Cold growing season was difficult, but some improvement in September allowed decent harvest for wines that will be good rather than great.
2012 * Erratic conditions led to low yields of both reds and whites, but quality is surprisingly good.
2011 Difficulties in getting to ripeness make this the least successful vintage of the decade to date.
2010 *** Reds are tighter than the opulent 2009s, with an elegant balance, and potential for good aging.
Whites show good acidity, a crisper, leaner style than 2009, but with greater potential for longevity.
2009 *** A great year for reds, rich, ripe and opulent, but a lingering question is whether they will have the tannic structure for extended longevity.
Whites were opulent at first, but unlikely to age long as richness is well ahead of acidity. Most have reached their peaks.
2008 Difficult vintage with problems of rain and humidity. Reds show high acidity, whites are on the fresh side.

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