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    5
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  • When to drink

    2020-2035

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Vintage 2002

2002 VINTAGE in Burgundy

A Great Year 

The trade is unanimous: the harvest was exceptional and 2002 is destined to be a great vintage for Burgundy. A dry summer, a sunny September, splendid grapes with highly concentrated sugars - everything came together to produce structured and complex wines with outstanding aromatic potential.
As early as the beginning of September, the sugar content in the grapes was often at exceptionally high levels and they had attained a degree of maturity indicative of a good balance between sugar and acidity in both the Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir, as well as in the Gamay and Aligoté. 

Well-matured grapes have produced - on the evidence of early tastings - deeply-coloured red wines with a garnet tint, and with really well-structured tannins. Depending on degree of maturity, the wines evoke sustained aromas of red and black fruits. Thanks to yield control and careful harvesting, they present a wide diversity of expression. 

The white wines are intense and heady, richly fragrant in their blend of fruit and mineral components. They are rounded, long in the mouth, balanced and harmonious. 

Both reds and whites of the 2002 vintage fully express their respective terroirs and promise fine ageing potential. 

As Hubert Camus, President of the Interprofession and himself a wine-grower at Gevrey-Chambertin, puts it: "In 2002, Burgundy's growers and négociants have every prospect of obtaining remarkable wines." 

Growing conditions during the year were characterised by low rainfall. Maturation took place in warm and sunny weather punctuated by occasional rainstorms. These weather conditions aided concentration in the grapes and kept them healthy. The harvest period enjoyed an ideal combination of sunshine and cool temperatures.

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Moderately saturated medium red. Highly nuanced, soil-driven perfume of roasted plum, strawberry, mocha, coffee, underbrush, licorice and herbs, lifted by a fresh menthol note and flinty minerality. Silky and utterly seamless in the mouth, showing terrific vinosity and lift to its flavors of red fruits, minerals and spices. Perfectly integrated acidity gives this wine lovely balance and should enable it to expand further over time. The spicy, peppery, brisk back end boasts lovely rising length, terrific thrust and noteworthy finesse to its tannins. I love this style of Burgundy. Trapet told me that following a cool, rainy May, June was sunny and warm, with the flowering producing a big crop in the younger vines but substantial millerandage in the older ones. Following a hot and dry July, August was variable and showery, with humid weather persisting during the end of the month and the first ten days of September. But a drying north wind then arrived, and the Chambertin was picked on September 25 with small, thick-skinned berries and very healthy grape sugars. (13.4% alcohol; 3.62 pH, 3.6 g/l acidity)

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