In 2015 Burgundy produced high quality whites with amazing elegance for such a warm vintage. The hot summer produced full flavoured chardonnays with surprising acidity and a charming velvety texture. The producers that managed to preserve acidity, crafted wines that should stand the test of time for a decade or so. A selection of youthful high quality 2015 whites tasted in Burgundy showed remarkable consistency. Many elite white Burgundies arriving in our market offer a much better quality/price ratio than their counterpart reds.
As usual a group of 16 experienced tasters analyzed seven (7) 2015 white Burgundies plus a mystery wine in the usual blind tasting format.
Results: To establish the order of preference of the tasting panel, 3 points were awarded to a first place vote, 2 pts for a 2nd place vote and 1pt for a 3rd place vote.
To better understand this vintage it must be mentioned that high acid content in whites is trendy. Many wine writers and sommeliers tend to give better scores to whites displaying higher acid content. This trend has pushed some producers to harvest earlier, or to block/skip the malolactic fermentation to keep sharper acidity in their wines. Many of the participants at this tasting were surprised by such high acid content, in what is reputed to be a fairly warm vintage.