2017 Burgundy En Primeur
Despite a recurrence of the severe frosts in April which devastated many vineyards in 2016, a unified response from growers (using burning straw bales to mitigate the worst effects) saved the vintage. A good sized harvest was particularly welcome after 2016, with 2017 equaling 2009 in volume. A hot summer brought high yields, with some rain in August and at harvest time hydrating the vines. Picking dates, as is often the case, were a key determinant in quality, with rains around harvest time a factor.
The whites have plenty of generous fruit which is will be very approachable whilst the wines are young. The reds have the edge, with the same vibrant fruit character and a supple tannic structure. Pleasingly, both reds and whites delineated their terroirs beautifully, showing the classic hallmarks of each village, 1er Cru or Grand Cru site.
The challenge for wine writers and the trade will be to persuade you that drinkability does not (in this case) equate with any lack of seriousness or potential longevity. These may be wines to drink "while you're waiting for your 2015s and 16s", but they also have their own bright future ahead of them.
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