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2012 Bordeaux Vintage; not an easy one so far for the wine producers

Summer has definitely arrived in the vineyards of Bordeaux with temperatures this week of over 30°C. The vines have finished flowering and the little grapes are swelling in their bunches. There has been some ‘coulure’ with some of the little berries staying small which will bring yields down – not a bad thing. The combination of the … Continue reading

2012 Vintage Bordeaux – mix of stages at flowering

Four days of rain has meant that even on the same vine, there is a mix of stages of flowering. Some bunches have not yet started flowering, others are almost finished and others (as in the photo above) the bunches of grapes are ‘approaching the important stage of ‘fermeture de la grappe’. These small green … Continue reading

2012 Vintage Fête de la Fleur: vines in flower all over Bordeaux’s vine region

Harvest on schedule for around end September! Good flowering conditions so far but rain forecast…..