If you detect a little surprise in Clive Coates’ tone it is because 2012 couldn’t have started off worse. Cold, frost, hail, rain and disease all had a part to play in uneven flowering and reduced yields. However, from July to September the sun shone and the rain disappeared, allowing the grapes that were left, to ripen to perfection. As a result, it is a very small vintage but a very good one, with reduced yields leading to excellent fruit intensity in the wines.

Burgundy 2012: Small but beautiful

2012 is a year in which it is difficult to make generalisations because it was such a complicated vintage. However, one thing we can all agree on is that there are some very attractive wines, and the reds, in particular, look tremendously exciting. The problem this year is that there is very little wine and it is more important than ever to order early to secure your favourites.

Very limited allocations – reserve early

With yields down as much as 70% in some vineyards, allocations have been significantly reduced. Furthermore, with 2013 also being a tiny vintage, (up to 50% smaller than average), allocations will be more fiercely fought over than ever. Demand for fine Burgundy is rising year on year and the Grand Crus are in particularly short supply. We cannot stress enough how important it is that you order early whilst these wines are still available.

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