This was a vintage made of extremes. The winter was very cold and yet the summer was one of the hottest since 2003. This vintage was quite the opposite to 2008, which favoured the whites. This was really the year of the reds with a high density in fruit and sugar levels which will enable them to age well over many years. The Côte de Nuits was the winning district again, living up to its reputation as the king of the Pinot district.
A note of caution however: the Pinots may be a little fruit-forward in their early years and should be left longer than the 2010 vintage before being enjoyed.
The Chardonnays were more modest, digesting the heat with more difficulty, but giving a well-balanced white wine.
As for Beaujolais, this could be described as being the vintage of the century!!
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