Recent and impending events affecting the retail wine market.
Following the fleshy, very ripe and sometimes overhyped 2009s from a warm dry year, vintage 2010 has yielded classic red Burgundies with a capital C. These densely packed but elegant, aromatically complex wines, with their perfumed mineral, floral and fruity high notes; their transparency to site and their pliant yet taut middle palates and suave tannins, will be must purchases for serious Burgundy lovers with deep pockets.
A small crop and a consistently warm growing season without extreme heat yielded another superb set of wines in the southern Rhone Valley in 2010. This is a rare vintage whose better examples offer both power and finesse, and the wines have the structure, depth and vivacity for a slow and graceful evolution in bottle.
Our German correspondent Joel B. Payne reports that the cool, classic,
high-acid 2010 harvest yielded a very small crop with an unusually wide
range of quality. But the best rieslings, mostly picked late, combine
uncanny vitality with off-the-charts concentration levels.