1990 was a legendary year for growing grapes in the French region of Burgundy. The winter was mild, yet the spring was cool and wet. Temperatures rose in July, making for a very hot and dry summer. Rain arrived in late August, and came as a welcome relief to the vines. Sugar levels were high, and so was acidity, leading to a harvest of rich, healthy grapes. Quality was exceptionally high, especially in the sub-region of Burgundy, Cote d’Or.