Vintage 2018 is one of the best for Chablis in 20 years
Louis Moreau, President of the Chablis Commission of the Bourgogne wine Board, has announced that this year’s harvest in Chablis has been one of the best in 20 years:
“Chablis is rejoicing! We were uncertain after the drought this summer, but the vineyard gave us a real gift after two difficult years. The vine can be generous. Overall the vintage is qualitative and we have the quantity.”
Vintage 2017 promises exceptional quality
From the very beginning, the 2017 vintage was a surprise due to how early it was. Despite some hard frosts that hit the vines, the wines promise to be of fine quality and to meet our expectations.
Right from bud burst, 2017 was one of the four earliest vintages of the past two decades. This meant there was a long time between the delicate buds emerging defenselessly from their cotton cocoons and the Ice Saints days in mid-May that typically mark the end of the risk of spring frosts. The first frosts were forecast for the night of 17-18 April and continued for around 10 days. Worst hit were the communes in the northern part of the region, namely Maligny, Lignorelles, Ligny-Le-Chatel, Villy, and La Chapelle-Vaupelteigne.
This precocity continued throughout the vines’ growth cycle, right up to the harvests, which began at the end of August. Winemakers were surprised again, once the grapes were brought into the winery. They had been expecting yields of around 50 hectoliters per hectare but the reality was closer to 40-45. Thick skins and little summertime rain were no doubt to blame.
Overall, the Chablis harvest was on the small side for a second consecutive year, but with big disparities from one area to the next. The good news is that the quality is wonderful: 2017 is a great vintage, with wonderful balance and lovely vigor.
The 2016 Vintage: more volume than expected!
2016 will go down as a milestone year with a succession of unprecedented climatic incidents, but with a happy ending: wine quality is hand in hand with superior volume estimates!
The 2015 vintage: An early and high-quality vintage
The 2014 vintage: Complicated yet classical
Despite being a complicated year with somewhat chaotic seasons, 2014 was an excellent one for white Bourgogne wines, offering a chiseled and precise character that foretells good keeping potential.
The 2013 vintage: Low volumes but good balance
This late vintage suffered the whims of the weather in spring, which had a bearing on yields. The wines have proved to be charming and expressive.
The 2012 vintage: A lovely surprise
This year got off to a bad start with some terrible weather testing the nerves of the winemakers. Despite that, 2012 has turned out to be a vintage of reference in Chablis. The wines offer good concentration with no over-maturity and an acidic structure.