The Burgundy 2018 vintage was the warmest ever according to available data and produced a bumper white grape crop which “goes down as one of the biggest on record for Chardonnay,” an e-mailed report from London-based wine merchant Justerini & Brooks said.
While yields for Pinot Noir red wines were “broadly speaking a healthy average,” the whites provided “the surprise of the vintage” and resulted in wines that were “incredibly consistent and have fresh fruit profiles,” Justerini said.
The winter of 2017-2018 preceding the growing season was very wet, building up water reservoirs in the soil which helped mitigate the subsequent heat.
Reds were “less consistent,” with the wines “relatively low in acidity and relatively high in alcohol,” ranging from 13% up to 14.5%, according to Justerini.
“The picking window for Pinot Noir was short this year, with levels of sugar, acid and phenolics changing at pace as harvest approached,” Justerini said.
Giles Burke-Gaffney, buying director of Justerini, which has been in the London wine trade since 1749, described the vintage in his report as “as fascinating and enjoyable to taste as it was confounding.”