Woodman Wines & Spirits presents the 2018 Burgundy vintage from Bouchard Père et Fils…
2018 Burgundy Offer: Pure Joy
“A vintage to rival the mythical 1947?” – Tim Atkin MW, Decanter
“…1959 would be the most obvious analogy” – William Kelley, Wine Advocate
“[Q]uality is outstanding. The wines show both depth and vivacity as well as focus and precision, and are expected to age well.” – Andrew Jefford, Wine Scholar Guild
2018 was a year of exuberance; a rare vintage that offers both quality and quantity. The generous warmth of the season was meted out to benefit all styles of the Cote d’Or in ways we haven’t seen in many, many years.
January and February saw a lot of rainfall, storage of which proved crucial during the dry growing season. Frédéric Weber, head winemaker at Bouchard Père, remarked that there was twice as much rainfall as normal. But a stunningly warm Spring came early and prompted rapid bud growth; bud-burst was mid-April, similar to 2010 and 2015.
Rain dwindled as the season went on, with June being the last significant period, avoiding fears of mildew and disease pressure. There were heat spikes rather than the prolonged heat wave of 2003 – providing the grapes some relative relief to retain acidity. Heat of the last two weeks of August, which ultimately preceded most harvesting, ushered grapes towards the finish line under clear blue skies.
In the words of Clive Coates MW, “All smiles in Burgundy! … [T]he season could hardly have been better.” Whites held their energy despite the heat and have been compared to 2014. The reds may hit greater heights, along the lines of 2015 and 2005. While still early to tell which climats will be the class of the vintage, it appears many will be along for an amazing ride. As per Jasper Morris (Inside Burgundy), producers who managed the heat best “look set to become modern classics.”
We present to you the exclusive opportunity to purchase some of the stars of 2018…
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