I have updated the vintage chart for white Burgundies with the 2015 vintage and adjusted the rating for the 2009 vintage – see the full Vintage Chart for White Burgundies here
White Burgundies – the 2015 vintage – rich but charming
The 2015 vintage for the whites is rather complex to come to terms with … some wines are very charming and balanced – while others – especially some in Chablis – are clearly overripe and on the dense side (to put it politely).
The acidity is relatively low in the 2015s – or even very low in some cases and the freshness is mainly saved by a good PH – that seems to create a sense of vibrant tension and energy.
I do therefore feel that most 2015s are quite charming offering a lot of drinkability, and while the acidity might be better in some 2009s, these do often come across as more dense lacking a bit of charming energy found in the 2015s.
It’s in my view a vintage comparable with 2009, but I do feel it’s a more charming vintage – but the question is however if the 2015s offer the same long-livity as the 2009s – this remains to be seen.
To be honest the best 2009s are in fact developing nicely in bottle – indicating that they do in fact maintain both focus and freshness as they age in bottle and seem to settle down nicely focused.
While the variation in quality seems large in 2015 – especially if one include Chablis in the equation – I do feel that it as a vintage can match the 2009 vintage in the short run due to it’s charm and energy. I’m as mentioned more in doubt in the long run – due to the low acidity in the 2015s.
So my conclusion is that the White 2015 vintage in Burgundy (not inkluding Chablis) offer the same quality as the 2009 vintage – i.e. Good to Fine.
It is however a hot vintage – hence not a great vintage in my view. But it’s charming – offering a lot of pleasure – one feel compelled to have another glass of the 2015s .. and that’s indeed a lovely and important quality.