Harvest is approaching. Grapes have very much benefitted from the recent sunshine here for the past few weeks with temperatures between 26 and 33°. Welcome catch-up for the grape’s ripening process. Good weather forecasted to continue.
Harvest is going to be late this year due to the cool weather during parts of the summer (particularly first part of July). Not before first week October in St Emilion.
Yields are predicted to be at least 20% down on last year due to coulure (when the grapes stop developing and remain small and green due to the wet weather during flowering).
Anthocyanin (colour pigments) levels are increasing slowly.
Veraison when the grapes change colour has now finished but highlighted the range of ripeness within the same vineyard plots.
The faculty of oenology of Bordeaux and the Chamber of Agriculture follow several vineyard plots throughout Bordeaux and send a weekly update to producers.