Burgundy hails 'early and even' harvest

Jacopo Mazzeo

Jacopo Mazzeo

14 September 2020

Despite the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Burgundy's winegrowers claim that this year's ‘historically’ early harvest has led to high quality must

Despite the fluctuating yields due to the lack of rainfall (deficit between 77% and 87% compared to averages) matched with high temperatures, Burgundy’s growers have unanimously deemed the 2020 harvest as a high quality one.

After a mild winter, fine weather conditions continued well into April, with temperatures averaging 3.6°C above the norm. Temperatures rose from mid-May onwards, when the vineyards experienced the first budbursts.

After a brief period of colder weather towards the end of May, temperatures went up again and eventually led to the earliest vintage on record, with picking beginning 90-100 days from flowering on 12 August. This is about two weeks ahead of the average of the last 25 years, and three weeks ahead of 2019.

Following the early sampling of the juices, the reds are described as showing good ‘colour and polyphenols with no excessive extraction’, while the whites as having ‘a beautiful richness in their sugars and are promising wonderful balance’.

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