Burgundy (Red) - 2002
Fine tannins, ripe fruit and excellent balance.
A cool May retarded the flowering, but that took place in good conditions. July and August were dry and warm, but not too hot, and thankfully there were no violent storms. By the beginning of September, thanks to the drought, development had become somewhat blocked, but this seemed to be less of a problem with the pinots than in the chardonnays. Then there was rain. This did no harm except in Ladoix where it was somewhat excessive, reducing the concentration of the Cortons and such Corton-Charlemagnes as come from this side of the hill. This was followed by fine weather: clear skies with a cool north wind. The harvest began in the Côte d'Or on September 15th and was all over by the 1st of October, after which the weather deteriorated, affecting the quality of the later-picked Hautes-Côtes. The crop was 5.5 percent less than the five-year average.
Côte de Beaune – Consistent across the board, with the single exception of Ladoix (but even here the Prince de Mérode has made some lovely Cortons), the 2002s will give a lot of pleasure. The fruit is pure, refreshing, elegant and delicious; tannins are ripe; the wines have medium to medium-full body. Drink the vintage wines from 2007/2008, the premiers crus from 2009/2010, Cortons from 2012. Côte de Nuits – As above: delicious and consistent. As usual the wines are bigger and more black-fruity than the Côte de Beaunes. The top wines are also more concentrated. Start consuming your village wines and premiers crus from 2010; grands crus should be kept to 2015.