Alcohol and sugar the main problems for 2009
The “Cercle de Rive Droite” (40 properties from St Emilion Grand cru to Bordeaux Superieur) presented their wines to the trade and press at the beginning of March in the French Ambassador’s residence in Kensington, London. The wines were well received with attractive perfume, good concentrated fruit and silky tannins. Good levels of acidity from cool nights provided the “lift” to compensate the alcohol levels of 14 degrees.
Alain Raynaud (consultant to many of the members and owner of Pomerol Croix de Gay and Fleur de Gay), said that alcohol and sugar were the big challenges of the vintage.
‘The difficulty was to pick late enough to have ripe tannins, but not so late that you are left with residual sugars in the wines.’