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Vintage 2002 - Red Burgundy

Vintage 2002 produced wonderful red wines from most producers in Burgundy. The final part of the growing season saw light rains in Burgundy in the first 10 - 12 days of September. This raised great fear that the grapes would be negatively affected. Fortunately, the weather from mid-September through mid-October was mostly dry and perfect for final ripening of the grapes. Only a storm on the 19th brought any problems.


The Red Burgundies of 2002 are the best since the excellent 1999 vintage. In general, the 2002 wines tend to be more delicate and refined than the powerful wines of 1999. Some areas of Burgundy were a bit better in 1999 while others showed better in 2002.

There were a few wineries that harvested early to beat any chance of a disastrous storm. The wineries that were patient and harvested later were rewarded with fruit that had much more natural sugar and were able to make better wine.

The area of Burgundy that had the more difficult time was in the Côte d'Or where the summer months had been much drier than normal. The Pinot Noir berries tended to be very small and developed thick skins. As a result, some of the wines in the Côte d'Or are less supple and more tannic than other wines from Burgundy in 2002.