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If until the end of August a bad vintage was expected in Bordeaux, with Merlots affected by coulure and millerandage (flowering and fruitset issues), the 2002 vintage was finally saved by the good weather in September and October. The 2002 Medoc wines (particularly the 1st classified growths) produced good tannic wines, but without the usual seduction of the great years. It will take a little patience to approach them, their strong and structured character remaining the characteristic of 2002 Bordeaux red wines. The Right Bank has had some great successes, particularly with the 2002 Saint Emilion, but the vintage is weaker for the 2002 Pomerol. In 2002 Bordeaux white wines, the freshness of the summer will have been beneficial to Sauvignon, and the wines are fine and delicate. A very good year for Sauternes wines, but totally overshadowed by the exceptional 2001 vintage. In Burgundy, 2002 was a superb year and there were many successes. Very beautiful 2002 Chablis, with sublime Premiers Crus and Grands Crus. In Cote de Nuits, the wines took a long time to open, but they are now magnificent and more particularly from Chambolle Musigny to Vosne Romanee (with a beautiful finesse). In white wines, the 2002 1ercrus and Grands Crus of the Cote de Beaune are rich, concentrated and will give the best. Great 2002 vintage in Champagne, powerful yet fine wines, which are to be cellared. However 2002 has been a terrible year in the Rhone Valley (floods in the South) and rather weak in the North with repeated rains in September. Beautiful 2002 vintage in the Loire Valley in terms of dry white wines (very rich in Sancerre and very successful Chenin Blanc wines in Anjou and Saumur). Great successes in red wines for Saumur Champigny and Chinon. Alsace produced a 2002 vintage qualified as medium and the wines should be drunk is their youth (with some exceptions).
If you wish to invest in a 2002 wine, we advise you to choose the following Bordeaux classified growths: 2002 Cos Estournel, 2002 Armaillac, 2002 Lafite Rothschild, 2002 Latour, 2002 Mouton Rothschild, 2002 Pichon Longueville Comtesse, 2002 Leoville Las Cases, 2002 Chateau Margaux, 2002 Haut Brion. In Pomerol and St Emilion: 2002 Evangile, 2002 Petrus, 2002 Angelus, 2002 Ausone, 2002 Pavie. In Sauternes: 2002 Climens and 2002 Fargues. In Burgundy red, the Cote de Nuits in the Chambolle Musigny / Vosne Romanee sector are currently superb: 2002 Bonnes Mares by Bouchard, or a 2002 Chambolle Musigny 1 cru les Amoureuses from Amiot Servelle, a 2002 Vosne Romanee 1ercru les britees from Rene Engel, or a 2002 Echezeaux by Regis Forey. In white, a 2002 Chablis 1er Cru Forest from Dauvissat or Chablis Grand cru les Clos de William Fevre, or a 2002 Corton Charlemagne from Rapet. In Champagne, a 2002 vintage wine (from Bollinger or Jacquesson). In the Loire Valley a 2002 Sancerre Edmond from Alphonse Mellot, or in red a Saumur Champigny les Poyeux from Clos Rougeard.
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