The 2014 vintage was one of superlatives. And yet, the year nearly turned into a disaster! Everything started out well, with an early and sunny spring and a wonderful flowering season. Then a cold and rainy summer nearly ruined everything. Fortunately, the sun and a miraculous wind in early September saved this abundant and healthy harvest, providing generous grapes. After nature’s fruit-bearing explosion, the first snip of the secateurs came on 10 September for the whites at optimal ripeness, the golden grapes picked in summer heat that lasted throughout the harvest.
The result was excellent maturity, with generous, well-formed bunches, stalks that were very lignified thanks to the historically low doses of copper used that year, and healthy skins with no greenness. After pressing, the stalks were surprisingly unctuous to the touch, a sign of the naturally present sugar, the glycerol, a quality factor that allowed a significant increase in the proportion of whole bunches used in vinification, bringing structure with soaring notes of faded rose and spices, and additional soul to our reds after four somewhat restrained years.
The harvesting was concentrated on propitious days in the lunar calendar, mainly fruit, flower and root days, with a waning moon, ideal for promoting the concentration of aromas.
On early tastings, the reds were deliciously silky with nice color, lovely balance over very fine acidity, and nice fruit with forthright aromas and good body. They are reminiscent of the 2009s but with even more fruit and very ripe tannin as a result of the sunny springtime and harvests. Even the Beaune La Montée Rouge, which was 80% destroyed by hail, is bursting with fruit. The bonus was the volume on the Côte de Nuits, sometimes double that of 2012.
The star whites of the year have highly aromatic fruit. The Clos Blanc, Puligny-Montrachet, and Savigny-les-Beaune exhibit floral notes, while the Corton-Charlemagne has a distinct citric tang over a style that is all about concentration and minerality.