2012 VINTAGE at the Hospices de Beaune estate
From a climatic point of view, the 2012 vintage was not an easy one. A cold winter was followed by a cold and damp spring. Flowering then took place under difficult conditions, with some « millerandage » (incomplete development of the bunch). June and July were better but still wet compared to the average, combining nice summer days with some rainy periods. Hailstorms, localised but sometimes violent will impact some areas in terms of yield. Damp weather put some pressure on the vines and treatments had to be done very carefully and with utter precision. August was beautiful, with even some heatwave temperatures in the middle of the month that will also bring down yields.
Between mid-august and mid-September, excellent conditions (cold nights, sunny days and a bit of wind) allowed for a good end of grapes maturation.
Harvest started on the 16th of September and ended in Côte de Nuits on the 27th.
Global outlook of the 2012 vintage is : low yield with no impact on quality. Grapes have good concentration and balance for a “classic taste” vintage. As always in Burgundy, terroirs will show through and the work of winegrowers, winemakers and people in the cellar for ageing those wines will be essential.