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Friday 28 April 2011
2010 BIVB Vintage Report
2010 vintage in Burgundy: Well worth the effort
The 2010 vintage in Burgundy is a success, despite difficult climatic conditions. In Burgundy, 2000 years of history have indeed allowed the vine and man to adapt to all situations. Far from being a question of chance, this longevity is proof that the vine has found its ideal land in this northern vineyard, whilst adapting to the climatic changes.

Here, making wine is an art form which has nothing to do with ease.


The Burgundy winegrowers demonstrate judgement, a great capacity to adapt, and the expertise to get the best out of each vintage.

The latest meteorological forecasting tools, analytical controls and tasting the grapes are all factors for anticipating and rationalising each of the key steps leading up to the harvest.

Tasting the grapes was particularly crucial this year, allowing winegrowers to monitor the change in the aromatic potential of each plot, one of the strengths of this vintage. Here, the level of maturity and the health of the vines were key in choosing the date of the harvest. Although the harvest usually takes place by colour (traditionally red then white), the winegrowers, attentive to the quality, alternated between red and white plots.

The small yields obtained are both a result of the winegrowers’ controlled pruning, the coulure and millerandage caused by the climatic conditions in the spring, and the strict selection performed both on the vine and in the cellar. The winemakers were then able to adjust their technique on the harvested grapes to unveil the fine balance between sugar and acidity, without harming the aromatic expression.

There is no doubt that the 2010 Burgundies hold some nice surprises for wine lovers! Since the harvest came to an end at the beginning of October, it is still too soon to give a definitive judgement on the wines of this vintage, although there are already some dominant characteristics.

White Wines
From the north to the south of Burgundy, the white wines reveal the whole range of expression of the Burgundy Chardonnay, often copied but never equalled! These balanced wines are appreciated for their freshness and purity. The minerality, present on the palate, is typical of the Burgundy “Terroir”. They reflect the elegance and finesse of Burgundy’s great classics.

Red Wines
The olfactory nuances of the red wines can be found in red fruits and fresh fruits. These very perfumed wines also present a nice cherry red colour. On the palate, they unveil silky tannins and a pleasant harmony between acidity and roundness. The persistent sensation of freshness perfectly translates the expression of the Pinot Noir in Burgundy.

Crémant de Bourgogne
The 2010 vintage is of good quality for the two grape varieties Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The quality of the grapes allowed for a gentle extraction, resulting in base wines without excessive levels of acidity, an intense aromatic expression and good maturity.

Source : Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne – 16 november 2010.