Frédéric Barnier follows in Jacques Lardière's Footsteps
 April 26th 2013 8.14

Click For Large ViewYou needn't spend long in Burgundy to hear harrowing tales of what went wrong in 2012. It was a text book vintage of what no producer wants to see, from peronospora to frost, from oidium to hail and from heat spikes to unneeded rain. In parts of Volnay, Pommard and Meursault, yields were below ten hectolitres per hectare. While it was considered a better vintage for the Pinot Noirs from the Côte de Nuits, even there yields were down by 30%. Not surprisingly, Frédéric Barnier, the winemaker who has just replaced Jacques Lardière at Louis Jadot, was very reticent about showing some of the wines. 'We sometimes have barely more than a barrel from a site that normally produces seven," he said reluctantly. "If too many people taste it, there will be nothing left to bottle." As consolation, Pierre-Henry Gagey served a 1970 Musigny for lunch. Of the younger wines, the 2012 Chambertin Clos de Bèze takes my vote for the vintage. Comments


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