2012 Harvest Snapshots

A look at the 2012 harvests from regions across Europe


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2012 Burgundy

Burgundy experienced one of the most depressing starts to a season in recent years. Temperatures remained below normal and were accompanied by relentless wet weather from late spring through early summer. The season retarded the vegetative cycle of the vine and promoted mildew and fungal problems. Compounding the impact of this slow start was significant hail damage in the Cote de Beaune during the summer.

The season was turned around with exceptional warm, sunny and dry weather from about the middle of July through the harvest. Quantities are down, severely so in those regions most affected by the hail. In Volnay, hail further reduced the already modest crops, originally impacted by the bad weather of flowering. Yet, early reports are that the fruit is ripe, concentrated yet fresh, and showing fine balance. This promises to be another vintage that will have a significant impact on the marketplace. With such modest quantities and great quality, there will be further pressure to drive up prices of fine Burgundy. The high prices of today for the best 2011 and 2010 wines may well turn out to be bargains.

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