While prominent critics’ Burgundy Côte d’Or reports are expected in the next few weeks, some initial sentiment towards the up and coming vintage in terms of quality leans heavily on the positive side. 2020, whilst being the warmest (and probably the driest) vintage in the last 20 years, seems to have produced wines which are, surprisingly, not as opulent as the likes of 2003, 2015 or 2018.
Decanter and Burghound have both released their first impressions of Chablis 2020. Both of them have simultaneously lauded this as a classic vintage despite the extreme weather conditions. They have also drawn parallels with 2017 and 2014, noting it as an "elegant, pure and fresh" (BH) vintage with only a slight hint of exotic influences. In terms of alcohol levels, the 2020s are on average 1% lower than the previous vintages, indicating lower sugar levels and body in the whites from Chablis.
The Burgundy 2020 En Primeur campaign is also overshadowed by the horrendously minuscule production in 2021. With some growers losing up to 70% of their crops in 2021 due to hail and frost during the growing season, we can be certain that allocations this year will be extremely tight, as some producers will keep more reserved for next-year selling, leading to a notable increase in release price.