2008 Bordeaux: Small Yields help with the quality

Yves Raymond of Chateau Saransot Dupre, Listrac, Haut Medoc comments on the recent 2008 harvest at his property in Listrac:
“I have just finished the harvet and this year have very small yields – around 35 hectolitres per hectare. Thanks to this small quantity the quality will be at least equal to 2007 and perhaps even better. The balance between the tannins and the anthocyanes (colour pigment) is good and the alcohol level is also high. It wont be a 2005 or 2006 but will perhaps resemble the style of wines produced in the 1997 vintage.”

Red grape (15 ha) : Merlot 56 % – Cabernet Sauvignon 24 %
Cabernet franc 15 % – Petit Verdot 3 % – Carmenere 2 %


In French:
           “Je viens de terminer les vendanges et j’ai fait une toute petite récolte
-environ 35 hectos par hectare- Grâce à cette faible quantité la qualité sera au
moins égale à celle du 2007 et peut être encore mieux. Les équilibres tannin
antocyanes sont bons les degrés alcooliques aussi. Ce ne sera pas 2005 ou 2006 , mais ce
sera sans doute dans le style 1997.”


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