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Wine for the Summer: The Pleasures of Burgundy

Wine for Summer | Batard Montrachet

When Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood muse on “Summer Wine” they sing of “Strawberries, cherries and an angel’s kiss in spring.” It sounds to me like they were enjoying some fine red Burgundy!

When it comes to collecting red Burgundy the outstanding vintages of 1999, 2002 and 2005 are what you’ll find resting in collectors’ cellars, and there they shall sit for many more years, joined soon by the 2009s. But Burgundy is known to be fickle; the Pinot Noir variety is notoriously prone to rot and has difficulty achieving optimum ripeness. As such, you’ll hear an awful lot about “drinking vintages” in the Cote d’Or filling the gaps between “classic” vintages. 2004 and 2007 are some such vintages, drinking beautifully in their youth as the 02’s and 05’s mature.