Vintages
The Vintage 2017
“Top quality vintage that has lived up to its expectations”

Harvest date – 4th September 2017


The 2017 vintage has lived up to its expectations with top quality grapes producing an excellent colour, a perfect balance between richness and acidity and wines with an excellent structure. The only problem, the low quantities.

From the very beginning, the 2017 vintage was a surprise due to how early it was. Despite some hard frosts that hit the vines, the wines promise to be of fine quality and to meet our expectations.
Right from bud burst, 2017 was one of the four earliest vintages of the past two decades. This meant there was a long time between the delicate buds emerging defencelessly from their cotton cocoons and the Ice Saints days in mid-May that typically mark the end of the risk of spring frosts. The first frosts were forecast for the night of 17-18 April and continued for around 10 days. Despite, using the various frost fighting techniques available, 1/3 of the vineyards with touched by the frost in some way.

This precocity continued throughout the vines’ growth cycle, right up to the harvests, which began at the beginning of September. Winemakers were surprised again, once the grapes were brought into the winery. Yields were closer to 40-45 hl/hectare then the excepted 50hl/hectare. Thick skins and little summertime rain were no doubt to blame. Overall, the Chablis harvest was on the small side for a second consecutive year, but with big disparities from one area to the next.

The vinifications worked well without any problems as the grapes were in excellent condition giving aromatic juice with a superb balance richness/acidity.

The 2017 Chablis vintage will produce wines with a classy, elegant Chardonnay expression, a perfect balance and very expressive aromas. The freshness brings a mix of citrus and white fruit notes. After airing, notes of peach and apricot reveal themselves. In the mouth, the tight minerality balances itself with a rich fruity expressive palate.

A very good vintage !


 

The Vintage 2016
“Top quality grapes but tiny yields in an late harvesting vintage”

Harvest date – 26th September 2016


In Chablis, 2016 will forever be engraved in people’s memories. The old-timers say they have never experienced such a succession of climatic incidents (Frost, hail, heavy rain, late flowering, heat…). Even if, in this northern vineyard, professionals typically expect these types of hazards, their frequency and breadth this year were unprecedented. However, a few months after the harvest, the vineyard has caught its breath: volumes, although decreased, are slightly higher than expected and, above all, the quality is there!

The Domaine Servin saw its Chablis vineyards hit the 13th May with a massive hailstorm with over 90% losses in the Chablis appellation. The Chablis old vine Massale vineyard was hit at 100%. Premier Cru Cru was down on average 50% and the Grand Cru 25%.

One grower commented "a vineyard shattered by spring storms, put back on track by a beautiful summer. At harvest, the quality is good, if not excellent; it is the quantity that is lacking”. A warmer then average August and September with low rainfall saved the vintage after a wet and cool spring that produced a late flowering.

On the vinification side, the fermentations went well. Today, the wines are showing notes of white fruit, apple, pear and citrus fruits. The small yields have produced very balanced wines and extremely clean fruit. The mouth feel is supple but retains freshness; it expresses itself with a touch of finesse. The 2016 vintage will be an early drinking vintage but will also produce wines with medium to long term ageing capacities.

For this 2016 vintage, more than ever, each winegrower’s blood, sweat, and tears are inextricably in their wines, testament to the trials of a very special year.


 

The Vintage 2015
“Top quality grapes in an early harvesting vintage”

Harvest date – 4th September 2015


We have rarely seen better quality grapes, and they are now safely in the winery as we embark upon the process of transforming this great raw material.
The tone of the vintage was set back in springtime: it was going to be an early one. Flowering took place over the space of a few days in early June, suggesting that picking would start in late August or early September.

This year was also marked by some exceptional summer weather. It was sunny and hot, in July in particular. The vines progressed through the growth cycle and the grapes began to ripen in mid-July. Their development then slowed, with several weeks of heat wave and very limited rainfall.

The grapes were then quick to mature, with sugar content rising rapidly. Acidity levels were very satisfactory, in harmony with the aromatic potential already present, and will give rise to perfectly balanced wines.
The summer weather also helped stave off any potential disease, leaving the vines in excellent health. This optimal situation meant that the grapes were harvested in magnificent condition and perfectly ripe. The lack of rainfall did have some consequences with thick skins giving extra character to the wines.

A hail storm hit Chablis the evening of the 31st August, where 5% of the vineyards were damaged including the Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre and the Grands Crus Blanchots and Les Clos. This storm actually benefited the other vineyards not hit by the hail giving the last amount water needed to ripen the grapes. Yields were obviously down in the vineyards hit by hail but the remaining vineyards were harvested in normal quantities.

The dry and hot summer has produced some of the cleanest grapes we have seen in a long time and this will give us the occasion to use the clean lees to add depth and character to the wines.

The 2015 vintage will be noted as a great year in Chablis.

 

The Vintage 2014
“Perfect balance”

Harvest date – 15th September 2014


This latest vintage is very promising indeed, with good yields, although it will not completely make up for low levels of stock. After another year of surprising weather, September lived up to its reputation and played its part to the full in terms of ripening the grapes. The nascent wines are already promising good things, with lovely balance and intense colors. The final figures for volume won’t be known until early 2015.
However, initial estimates mark a return to normal for many producers, although there were a few disparities in some areas.

In the springtime, the 2014 vintage looked like being an early one and the vines profited from the hot and dry weather, which indicated an abundant harvest and healthy vines. The harvest nonetheless was affected in some places by shatter, when certain flowers do not develop into fruit.

In summer, the sun appeared to have gone on vacation elsewhere, and the advance gained at the start of the cycle was soon lost. However, despite the wet and chilly weather, maturation began to gather pace at the end of August. The sun returned along with a northerly wind during the first few days of September, providing ideal conditions for optimum ripening and ensuring the grapes remain in good health.

The harvest began in mid-September, in the sunshine and in good humor. The grapes brought into the wineries were ripe, healthy and aromatic. Fermentation went off with out a hitch, and the warm weather at the end of fall allowed the malolactic fermentations to being quickly.

2014 will be an excellent year for the Chablis wines. The grapes, with optimum maturity thanks to the September sunshine, have now been vinified and are revealing perfect balance.

heir clear-cut, precise structure promises good keeping potential.

 

The Vintage 2013
“Challenging year”

Harvest date – 1st October 2013


After the challenges thrown at them in 2012, Bourgogne winemakers were hoping for a peaceful 2013. But capricious Mother Nature had other ideas. Defying all weather forecasts, she never let up. After a long winter, a gloomy spring and a fine, providential summer, for the most part, the pickers had to wait until the start of October to take up their secateurs.
The consequences of the weather’s whims – all had an impact on the quantities harvested. Some had very low yields with volumes equal to or even less than those recorded in 2012

Fortunately, the first tastings suggest that 2013 is a very successful vintage. Once again, experience has made all the difference. It has been a challenging year but the winegrowers of Chablis have been rewarded for their pains.
“We feared the worst, but we were spared!”

The winter lingered in Chablis. From January to July, the temperatures were cool. The sun was notably absent during the first half of the year, and the rain all too frequent.
This gloomy weather affected the vines, setting back the growth cycle by around two weeks. In early May, when the first buds had just appeared, torrential rainstorms hit the region. The weather during flowering and fruit set was no better and by now, the growth cycle was set back by three weeks.

A hot, dry and sunny summer provided a welcome change and helped the quality of the grapes, enabling them to mature correctly. September didn’t help the vines, with the ambient warmth and regular rain encouraging the development of the Botrytis fungus which rots the grapes. It was more limited on those bunches where the grapes were smaller and thus better aerated. The choice of harvest date was a tough one.
Winegrowers had to be very reactive and work fast. This demanding vintage required a lot of effort that, today, has been rewarded with success. The wines are revealing a real
aromatic purity and unexpectedly color. The balance in the wines is particularly satisfactory.

Fruity and balanced, the Chablis wines are characterized by a nose marked with citrus.
This aromatic crispness is also felt in the mouth.
The wines are well structured, fresh and lively,without the aggression some feared given the acidity measurements taken just before the harvest.

Forthright and without flourishes, the Chablis 2013 stand up convincingly to previous vintages.

 

The Vintage 2012
Chablis did well “against all odds”
Many winemakers say that, despite the odds, the 2012 vintage in Chablis is «a very good surprise».

Indeed, the producers have been severely tested by the weather conditions that have drastically complicated the work in the vineyards. In April, spring frosts threatened the buds just after budding and the humidity increased the threat of diseases. Flowering occurred under difficult conditions and, because it was spread over time, the resulting grape clusters were loose with rather small berries. Followed were episodes of hail that mainly touched the right bank of Chablis. This vintage was set to be one of the most difficult in the history of Burgundy.

But nature is unpredictable and, starting mid-July, the summer was dry, so dry that grapes matured very slowly and water stress led to sugar but also acid concentration in the berries.

Finally, at the end of September, the weather favoured the vine growers with rain at the very beginning of harvest that swelled the grapes and boosted the spirits of the growers. Perfectly healthy vines restarted under the September sun. They visibly benefited from the rain, thus ensuring the quantity and quality of the harvest.

The first harvest bins reassured the grape pickers: the must was naturally rich in sugar with a nice acidity.

The only downside is the volume of grapes harvested, which is below the average particularly on the right bank of the Serein; i.e. a decrease of 10 to 15%. However, there is no comparison between the losses expected in other parts of Burgundy.

The musts are pure, net, straightforward, a reflection of the classic style of Chablis. The wines are intense; the maturity is well-balanced, while showing a nice acidity. The flavours are harmonious and the wines, powerful, express beautifully the terroir with mineral, chalky characters as well as fresh fruit and citrus notes.

Some wines display a nice complexity and wonderful structure and can be aged several years to fully express their potential.
Finally, the winemakers of Chablis compare this vintage with the 2010, and even the 2005 vintages.

 

The Vintage 2011
“PRECOCITY”
Everyone agrees on one thing when it comes to the 2011 vintage: its precocity.
A water deficient spring with temperatures well above average followed a dry winter. Mid March, the weather conditions were already favorable to growth: budding took place before long and was observed in the earliest plots beginning of April, i.e. 3 weeks in advance compared to 2010!

The precocity of that vintage, which is often compared to the 2007 vintage, was confirmed in may when the first flowers appeared in the middle of the month suggesting that harvesting could start in August! Satisfactory flowering and setting were a sign of a good harvest.

With summer happening in spring, the weather became unstable at the end of June: hail damaged the right bank of Serein.
At the beginning of summer; much expected rain showers allowed to replenish the ground water supplies. Under these advantageous conditions, the vegetation grew well. The beginning of August was rainy but the weather improved during the second part of the month, facilitating maturation.

At the end of August, just before harvest, a few days of heat dried the rot found in some parts of the vineyard.

The Domaine Servin started to harvest on the 5th September carefully selecting the mature vineyards one by one.

However, even in the case of the more precocious plots, harvest took place more than 100 days after flowering, thus respecting the cycle of the vines.

The acidity levels are average. Thus, the freshness which is so characteristic of the Chablis terroir will be present.

The profile of 2011 Chablis wines appears to be lively and expressive and should easily please both new or educated connoisseurs.
Excellent vineyard management, control and attention to details in the cellar are factors that, this year more than ever, emphasize the touch of men involved in each Chablis wines.

 

The Vintage 2010
“Excellent acidity structure with mineral & citrus fruit dominating”
The 2010 vintage will be looked back on as a complicated climatic year that again finished well. A cold winter with temperatures dropping under the minus 20°c. Spring was cool and this affected the flowering that started in warm conditions and finished in cooler ones. This produced some “coulure” and millerandage that obviously affected the yields but also the quality in a positive way.


Summer was again cool and the average temperatures were down by 0,48°c . August was wet and September dry. The old saying that September makes the quality of the harvest again stood up. Yields were down by sometimes 30% depending on the vineyards as the smaller berries produced thick skins which have also given excellent concentration, aromas and power for the wines. The cool summer has also protected the acidities giving the wines fresh crisp flavours with excellent structure.


The first tastings have already unveiled wines which reflect the quality of the grapes collected, where each “personality” and each climat is able to express itself elegantly.


A very attractive aromatic profile is already taking shape. The wines display roundness and depth, with a liveliness that gives them a very nice harmony. 2010 is looking similar to 2008 with the dry mineral and citrus fruits dominating. This vintage will be a great keeping vintage.

 

The Vintage 2009
In 2009 the vines enjoyed ideal conditions during the entire cycle and most importantly during the maturing phase, when they basked in the sunshine. Sunlight and heat were in abundance throughout August and September, resulting in grapes of extraordinary quality, which was revealed throughout vinification. After this process, the authentic character of this vintage can already be perceived.

At the beginning of September, the vines held grapes of perfect maturity with an ideal balance of sugar/acidity/aroma. Right up until the harvest, the summer weather ensured excellent health throughout the vineyard.

The first tastings have already unveiled wines which reflect the quality of the grapes collected, where each “personality” and each climat is able to express itself elegantly.

A very attractive aromatic profile is already taking shape. The wines display roundness and depth, with a liveliness that gives them a very nice harmony.

This year, more so than in other vintages, each wine is a reflection of its terroir.

 

The Vintage 2008
“ Classic dry mineral Chablis, a clean pure style ”
The Domaine Servin began to harvest on the 29th September with cool, sunny and dry conditions. This was slightly earlier then most other growers in Chablis as the majority of our Chablis vineyards have old vines and the desired ripeness was achieved. This date however is one the latest in the last 10 years and showed the unsettled weather conditions in spring and summer.
Although Chablis was spared from hail and frost, the vineyards were exposed to unsettled weather conditions this summer. However, with plenty of light in July and August, we saw a cool and airy end to the season which provided the last few degrees needed for the grapes to mature whilst ensuring the health of the vines.
We are now able to state that:
- The daily work of our competent vineyard team during the growing period maintained the vineyards in perfect health right up to the harvest time.

- The harvest began in ideal weather conditions (cool, dry and sunny).

- Yields were slightly down due to an irregular flowering and the lack of rain in the weeks leading up to the harvest.

- Degrees were very good (a natural 12° to 13°) because the sugar in the grapes was concentrated due to the lack of rain and the north wind which blew during the two weeks preceding the harvest which dried the grapes and concentrated the sugar.

- The alcoholic fermentations took longer then usual due to the cold temperatures of the juice when they were harvested.


We are very satisfied and confident in the quality of the 2008 harvest. At the moment, the alcoholic fermentations are all finished and the majority of the malolactic fermentations are completed.

The first wines are extremely well balanced with lots of fruit flavours and beautiful pure mineral aromas. With good levels of acidity and concentration from a long growing season, we can also feel the solid structure of the wines. This is always a good sign for ageing capacity.

 

The Vintage 2007
"Great purity of mineral flavour"


Domaine Servin Chablis Harvest date - Monday 10th September 2007

One of the hottest Aprils ever recorded with 302 hours of sunshine (the average is 127!) advanced the vineyards and played a major role in the early harvest. May and June continue with this warm weather and only a cool and wet July and August stopped us harvesting in August. A warm dry first half of September allowed all the vineyards to ripen correctly thou we did choose carefully which vineyards were ready meaning that although the harvest started early, we did take our time to allow the other vineyards to fully ripen.

Following the doubts and anxiety caused by an autumnal summer, a sigh of relief was heard around Burgundy as soon as vinification started because of the high quality of the musts tasted. This lovely surprise is a reward for all the efforts made by the professionals in Burgundy who have not hesitated at harvest time to make a rigorous selection, worthy of a masterpiece of haute couture. The cool temperatures and the detailed work of the professionals made resistance to climatic aggression possible. Indeed, both in the vineyard and the vat-rooms, wine producers selected each grape and adjusted their vinification stages so as to retain just the quintessence of the appellation.

The trend for the 2007 vintage is to offer wines that are both very up to date and faithful to Burgundy's great classics. Novices will be able to initiate themselves in the pleasure of these wines while amateurs will find in each production the spirit of the great Burgundies as much as the talent of each creator and wine producer. This year, Chardonnay in Burgundy is revealing all its facets. The Chablis wines are characterised by their mineral taste, remaining sharp after their malolactic fermentation, thus establishing a link with the classic Burgundy vintages.

 

The Vintage 2006
The year 2006 seems to be the vintage of the extremes. The climatic cycles, alternatively restrictive or excessive, transformed the harvesting conditions.
It began precociously in mid-September and even started before some other Burgundy regions showing the excellent ripeness of the grapes. The weather was kind with warm days and little rain.
First important element: the balance between sugar and acidity already exists. The tasting reveals crunchy fruit aromas. The vintage 2006 is “tender”, particularly the Petits Chablis and Chablis. The slightly spiced aromas, those of pear, make the aromatic palette more complex. Some cuvées are already deep and mouth-watering. These sensations of maturity do not hide the surprising acidity which confirm the tests and harvest forecast. The priority will be to reveal and preserve, at the most, the tension and the energy of the wines.
The 2006 Vintage is pure and rich and will slide nicely between the very ripe 2005 and the dryer 2004 vintage.

 

The Vintage 2005
« A classic Chablis vintage »


The climatic year 2005 was influenced a lot by the North-East wind blew along the vegetative cycle. Such a climate is characterised by beautiful weather with no excessive heat. This is in fact the ideal condition for Chardonnays.

- Monthly average temperatures were close to normal throughout the year.

- Less rainfall than normal, except in July when local storms brought water.

- Good sunshine throughout the year, close to normal.

During the week before the harvest, the weather was cool and gloomy. But from September 17th, which was the day of the "Ban des Vendanges", climatic condition became very favourable again.


Harvesting began under clear sky and cool and dry weather. The North-North-East wind blew regurlarly, which helped the soil and grapes to dry up and enabled to avoid rot development. The wind also led to a phenomenon of concentration giving very well-balanced grapes, with good acidity and high sugar content.

Yields were lower than average. Since the grapes were very healthy, the juices obtained after the press were very clear and of high quality.

Because of the high maturity of the grapes, the 2005 vintage has given wines of great richness, at all levels of appellation. However it is also important to underline that we have managed to keep good freshness.

The wines are unveiling great aromatic purity. They have a good structure, some concentration and minerality, which means that all the assets are gathered to make of 2005 a very promising vintage.

 

The Vintage 2004
After an atypical and unpredictable 2003 which produced exceptionally low yields, the 2004 Vintage is a more classical Chablis vintage.
Spring frosts didn’t affect the vines this year, which allowed flowering to take place in good condition mid-June, leading to us to predict an abundant harvest at the end of September.
July and August were particularly wet. Rainfall was virtually double the seasonal average and lead to a serious attack of oïdium. Levels of mildew, however, were no higher then normally experienced at this time of the year.
Temperature’s rose to over 30° c during the first two weeks of September and the lack of significant rainfall for the rest of the month enabled grapes to achieve full maturity, whilst remaining healthy. The harvested began around the 4th October (about a week later then usual). Natural degrees varied from 11° to 12.2° with an above average acidity. The juice was balanced and aromatic with no hint of vegetal character.
The 2004 vintage has produced great quality wines, accompanied with an abundant quantity which will allow us to reconstitute precious stocks that were so badly affected by the 2003 deficit.

 

The Vintage 2002
"A perfect vintage"
The official start to the 2002 Chablis vintage was Monday the 23rd of September, which is slightly early then the average in Chablis. The Domaine Servin actually started on Friday the 20th September after permission was granted by the INAO. Several older vineyards had already reached the necessary potential alcohol levels and to keep the fresh acidity style we decided to harvest early.

Some points to note about the 2002 vintage : No frost or hail damage this year ; An extremely cold winter cleaned out the vineyards makings this a disease free vintage ; Mild harvesting conditions protected the wines from oxidization and spoilage ; The quality of the grapes was excellent with little or no rot ; The dry summer produced small concentrated grapes (thick skins again lead to smaller quantities) ; The juice was extremely clear showing the healthy clean fruit this year ; Excellent alcohol levels between 12.25 and 13.25 meaning no chaptilisation was necessary ; Total acidity is average with better then average ph levels ; All four Grands Crus vineyards were harvest 100% by hand. Parts of the Premiers Crus Montée de Tonnerre, Vaillons and Forêts were also hand picked. We also picked a small amount of old vine Chablis by hand ; The alcoholic fermentations are progressing slowly under strict temperature controlled conditions. The Domaine recently acquired new stainless steel tanks especially for this fermentation. A long controlled fermentation leads to more intense fresh aromas.

 

The Vintage 2001
"A Chablis, le millésime 2001 constitue déjà pour beaucoup de vignerons une bonne surprise"

Malgré une année marquée par de nombreux désordres climatiques (juillet froid, épisodes de précipitations abondantes…), les vins se présentent aujourd’hui bien droits, nets, francs, avec une fine minéralité.
Les vendanges ont débuté le 1er octobre, sous un ciel changeant. Mais la météo s’est rapidement mise au beau fixe, permettant une récolte dans de bonnes conditions, à l’exception du mercredi 3 octobre et du samedi 6, marqué par un violent orage en soirée. Ce début d’été indien succédait à un mois de septembre frais et maussade, et à un mois d’août globalement ensoleillé et chaud, qui a permis une progression satisfaisante des maturités. Chez de nombreux producteurs, les richesses en sucres étaient assez bonnes, de même que le niveau d’acidité, garant de fraîcheur et d’équilibre. Si les vins apparaissent aujourd’hui un peu « mordants », ils devraient s’assouplir après fermentation malolactique, en raison de la prépondérance de l’acide malique dans l’acidité totale. Autre bonne surprise, les moûts semblent généralement peu sensibles à l’oxydation : « les tenues à l’air sont stables », annoncent en chœur plusieurs vignerons.

2001 a aussi donné une prime aux meilleurs terroirs. Rarement les différents niveaux d’appellation sont apparus aussi marqués. Les Petits Chablis sont francs, droits, fins et légers. Ces mêmes qualités sont présentent dans les Chablis avec une densité et une richesse supplémentaires. Les plus belles réussites sont à rechercher dans les Premiers Crus, et surtout dans les Grands Crus, où les vieilles vignes et les meilleures expositions ont fait de belles cuvées, alliant complexité aromatique et longueur en bouche.

 

The Vintage 1998
"Well balanced and mature"

After the first bottling of the 1998 Chablis vintage, the first appreciation's lead us to believe in another excellent Chablis vintage. The aromas are honest, pure and with a good typical Chablis minerality. These Chablis wines are qualified as classic, in the mouth they are full and rich.

The 1998 climatic conditions were generous. The initial starting date of the harvest was 25th September, another early starting harvest. The harvest started in excellent conditions, with the most important factor, rain being absent, all thou the sky was overcast. The alcoholic fermentation's started with out problems and the second fermentation malolactic which transform the malic acid to lactic acid which diminishes the acid sensation had already finished at the beginning of March.
Today, the wines have complex aromas with notable flower and fruits (apple, exotic fruit) scents and toasty notes for the wine vinified on lie. The acidity levels are slightly higher then in 1997, making the wines extremely well balanced.



In the mouth the 1998 vintage is supple and shows that it came from well matured grapes with a round rich finish where one can clearly identifies the four appellations Petit Chablis, Chablis, 1er Cru and Grand Cru.


The 1998 vintage presents a unique opportunity for the amateurs of wine as they can profit to the fruity flavours now or you can leave the wine to round out with a few more years of ageing. It will be placed between the 1996, which one must keep patiently, and the 1997, which are ready to drink now.

 

The Vintage 1996
"A classic vintage"

1996 is proving to be a classic vintage, with wines that are already showing a perfect balance of liveliness and concentration. If we look back over the vintage, we can see that the flowering happened in two stages.
The early "Premiers" and "Grands Crus" vines flowered at the end of May in cold weather conditions, which meant that the quantity was reduced. Conversely, in the late harvested areas, predominantly Chablis and Petit Chablis, flowering occurred around the middle of June, when conditions were considerably better.

The grapes grown on these vines were fully-grown and the bunches evenly sized.On the whole, yields in Chablis in 1996 were only of average size, mainly because of poor levels of rainfall recorded. Conditions throughout the year were generally dry, which stopped the grapes from growing to full size. Cooler temperature brought by the cold north winds in September, actually aided the concentration, acidity and flavour in the grapes. It was though the grapes were being concentrated through evaporation!

Harvesting began very early in the calendar, around the 23 rd September. In terms of concentration of sugar, 1996 is a good year. An equally important element of course is the liveliness and freshness so characteristic of Chablis wines and so vital in the ageing process. The 1996 wines certainly show great freshness and already appear to be fruity, full-bodied and lively, aromatic wines.
Their "firmness" will disappear with malolactic fermentation and these wines should become over time superbly balanced between richness and freshness, which is the mark of a great vintage.

 

The Vintage 1995
"The 1995 Vintage"

Harvesting began in Chablis the 28th September, at the usual time, unlike the early harvesting of recent years. Later harvests do not, however, signify poorer quality or less typical harvests. Slow maturation often produces more typical wines. Abundant sunshine in years when harvesting begins earlier means that the maturation process is speeded up, producing wines which are full flavoured, high in alcohol but often less well balanced. This year, cold weather and rain during flowering delayed harvesting until 28th September.

Flowering occurred in most parts around 23rd June and the Burgundian maxim that harvesting should begin approximately one hundred days after flowering was thereby respected.

Flowering led to "millerandage" the growth of small berries which have more concentrated sugars and contain the essential elements for the development of the wines aromas.

When harvesting began, vines were in a healthy condition - the foliage was right for the synthesis of sugars and grapes were untouched by rot despite rain at the beginning of September (82 millimetres of rain fell between 1st and 20th September). Then the sun came out and harvesting began under blue skies. Only on the night of 4th October was harvesting interrupted by storms, with hail damage in some parts. The yield is higher than in 1994 as crops this year were not blighted in any parts by spring frosts.

The 1995 vintage is higher than average in quality. These wines appear in their full finery - they are fresh yet well developed and bursting with fruit, a joy to behold in their young age, and with the promise of great things in the years to come.

 

The Vintage 1994
"The 1994 Vintage"

1994 resembled a year of premature growth as the sap from the wines already began to rise early in April.


In the night from April 14 to 15, a huge frost caused major damage to a large part of the vineyards. The vines blossomed out in good climatic conditions around June 20.

The very hot and sun filled months of July and August were extremely favourable for the development of the grapes.


Rain showers in early September were succeeded by warm and sunny weather starting September 24, day of the official harvest date (ban de vendanges), which resulted in exceptional harvest conditions.

The Wines of 1994 are rich, nice acidity in the beginning but could be rich and powerful after a few years.

 

The Vintage 1993
"The 1993 Vintage"

The vegetation cycle progressed in good conditions.

Mild springtime weather caused the sap to rise prematurely without being hampered by frost.

Favourable climatic conditions allowed fast and homogeneous blossoming, an indication predicting a good vintage.
The month of July was wet, followed by a sun drenched month of August, which resulted in an harmonious development of the wines.

Early September the sugar content were almost equal to those found in 1992 at the same time, but the higher acidity levels and perfectly healthy grapes.
Picking started on September 21, making the 1993 harvest one of the earliest ever. Unfortunately, rain showers swept away our hopes towards getting a great vintage.

In all modesty we would rather call it a good year: the wines are vital, refreshing, and with lots of flavour.
The 1993 CHABLIS is a well-balanced wine with character.

 

The Vintage 1992
"The 1992 Vintage"

This year Chablis benefited from excellent climatic conditions contraire to other wine growing regions in France.
Thanks to a winter and a spring particularly mild and dry, the budding commenced the 20th of April. The mild weather permitted an exceptional and rapid flowering in the first week of June.

A small but sufficient amount of rainfall was recorded at the start of July that helped the development of the vine.
The slow maturing of the fruit advanced by the strong heat in the month of August.
The harvesting commenced on the 21st of September in the best conditions (as in 1990).

The region of Chablis benefited from the fresh nights, which hindered the development of Botrytis cinerea.
The wines produced, presented good levels of sugar and sufficient levels of acidity compared with the best vintages of the years past. This resulted in well-balanced wines, elegant and harmonious.

The 1992 vintage is close to the 1990: rich, elegant and well structured.

 

The Vintage 1991
"The 1991 Vintage"

This year the damage caused by the springtime frosts was minimised by the protection techniques used by the winegrowers of the Chablis region.

The flowering commenced a little late this year in good climatic conditions.
The 2 months of heat and drought during summer allowed the vine to obtain quickly a good maturity.

The harvesting date was fixed for the 5th October and progressed well before finishing near the 15th October.

The content of sugar was a little inferior than in 1990 but well above the average level, particularly in the 1er Crus. The levels of acidity were equal to those in 1990, these wines are well balanced with all the characteristics of a typical Chablis.

The 1991 vintage is classed as a good year in Chablis.

 

The Vintage 1990
"The 1990 Vintage"

For the third consecutive year Burgundy vineyards have benefited from climatic conditions favourable to a vintage of quality.
The spring frosts of April 18th and 19th, which affected a small part of the Chablis Vineyards, did not do any serious damage to the harvest quantity or quality. An especially hot and sunny summer helped maintain an above average rate of growth and development of the vines and grapes.
The rainfall during April, May, and June created an adequate water reserve in the soil, which was helpful during the summer drought that delayed the development of the sugar levels in the grapes. Rainfall at the end of August and the beginning of September ended the drought and helped accelerate grape maturity. The rain and cool evening temperatures of September preserved the acidity levels and the developing fruity flavours. Early in September many vineyards reached the minimum degree of alcohol fixed for each appellation.
At harvest time the grapes were in a good, healthy state throughout Burgundy. The Chablis harvest began under excellent conditions about a week earlier than the average of the past 15 years.
The 1990 vintage is marked by opulence and fruit aromas. The first taste on the palate is refreshing and clean, but not aggressive. The wine's liveliness brings a certain fresh elegance. The wines are developing harmoniously and are particularly long.

With their good colour, richness and structure, the 1990 vintage will be featured alongside 1989 and 1988 as a great year.

 

The Vintage 1988
"The 1988 vintage in Burgundy"

This vintage was very well structured with notable fruity flavours. There was a very strong demand for this vintage as excellent reports thought out the year predicted excellent quality. Strangely enough when they were bottled the fruit closed up and the acidity came out. This is probably one of the best vintages of the 80s with excellent years ahead of it. This year also showed the preference of certain growers to aim more towards the fruit and towards the wines softer.

 

The Vintage 1987
"The 1987 Vintage in Burgundy"

Average climatic conditions. All wines in general had to be chaptalized. The vintage was badly received by the press. Although after the bottling, they surprised quite a few people. The attack in the mouth was quite soft which pleased many consumers, as it was softer then usually. There was not a lot of tanner but they showed good acidity. Today, one can find some good bottles.