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Wednesday 16 November 2022

Burgundy bounces back with bumper 2022 harvest

There is finally some good news for lovers of fine Burgundy.

The 2022 Bourgogne harvest report has been released and “after three years of quality without quantity”, the 2022 yields are reported to be plentiful, making it easier for fans of pinot noir and chardonnay to source their favourite labels.

So a double whammy: high quality wines in big volumes.

Vins de Bourgogne (BIVB) says the vines stood up well despite extreme weather, from frost to heatwaves and drought. Like many areas of Europe the appellation was also short on water.

“The vines were able to make juice from almost no water at all: once the bunches formed, they enjoyed heavy rain in June and a few stormy showers in mid-August to produce abundant, aromatic, and balanced juice,” the report says.

the first grapes for still wines were harvested from August 20 on the Côte de Beaune, inconvenient timing for the national holiday month.

The last bunches were picked from the Côte de Nuits, the Hautes Côtes, and Chablis during the third week of September.

“Almost all the grapes had good sugar levels towards the end so it fell to the acidity content to determine when the grapes needed to be harvested," the report says.

"Yields were high for both white and red grapes, with crates filled with perfect bunches leading certain producers to vinify in whole bunches.

"The 2022 vintage encapsulates what Burgundy does best: generosity and promise!

"After three years of quality without quantity, with yields impacted by weather events, it is certainly welcome, taking some of the pressure off sales and allowing stocks to be built back up."

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