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A disaster they're happy with...

Now that the smoke has cleared from vintage 2016 in Burgundy, we have some hard numbers of what actually happened. In all, Burgundy lost 30% of an "average" crop this year, For some, that's cause for celebration. After the killer frost of April 27th and the subsequent hailstorms and cold, wet summer, we were prepared for a much bigger loss. In fact, many did lose a whole lot more.

The damage and crop loss was not evenly dispersed across the region. It hit many much harder than others. Certain Côte de Beaune producers got hammered again, for the 7th year in a row, this time losing as much as 90%. Many in Chablis lost 75+% and are reporting their fermentation tanks to be virtually empty. Conversely, some Côte de Nuits producers in Vosne-Romanée and Morey-St. Denis report that their cellars are full to the brim. 2016 was not an equal opportunity destroyer.

Frost-stunted vines in Volnay - May 2016

Frost-stunted vines in Volnay - May 2016

At the end of the day, 2016 was the smallest harvest since the heat-ravaged 2003, and one of the three smallest of the past 30 years.  We have to go back to 1991 to find another vintage that gave us so little in quantity. Quality, on the other hand, seems to be outstanding. Many are feeling it's potentially better than the superb 2015, and are equating it with 1999 or even 2005 in terms of classically great quality. Time, of course, will tell the tale. 

Hospices de Beaune Auction action in progress

Hospices de Beaune Auction action in progress

Interestingly, the Hospices de Beaune will have more wine to sell this year than in 2015, with a total of 596 barrels going up for auction next month, 21 more than last year. The Hospice's widespread holdings (148 acres spread across the entire region) allowed them to mostly dodge the bullet in 2016. Prices at the auction last year hit an all-time high, and it's possible they could go up yet again this time. I'll be there, filming the auction as part of our Three Days of Glory documentary. If the prices don't spiral out of control, I may try to grab a barrel this year. Stay tuned....