How is the 2012 vintage in Bordeaux?
Climatic conditions always have a primordial effect on grapes and on a vintage, but what we can do now is utterly different from 15 years ago. In great vintages such as 2009 and 2010, we have to tame nature; in difficult ones we must cajole it. But through sorting, de-leafing, positioning of bunches and many other things, we can get grapes into better conditions than ever before.
Always, in challenging vintages, the human response is much more important. We need to pay attention at all times and taste the tanks with great care. But for those who do, this is again going to be a very successful year.’