As the last of the grapes are harvested and many of the vats are completing fermentation, many producers are happy to say that the wine is better than they would have predicted. The wines are fruity, light and supple.
The saving grace was the ten weeks of sunshine from start July.
Rot; The trouble this September was the occasional torrential down-pour followed by températures in the morning of 20°C rising to 32°C during the day. Paradise conditions for the rot!
Last weekend there was 75mm of rain.
Cabernet Tops; there was some nice healthy Franc (on Right Bank) and Sauvignon (on the Left).
IPT levels have started low and hands of winemakers are not as stained as ‘normal’ years. Maceration has just started so we wil see….
Better in the Gravel: Gravelly soils got rid of the excess water quickly so grapes did not soak it up (also helped by the sap which is descending into the roots of the vines).
Fermentations happened at record speed, many finishing within 5 days due to the high levels of yeasts this year naturally. The colour comes from the aqueous stage which did not last long naturally.
Sorting; It was essential this year to sort. The optic sorting machines took out a lot, ‘never too much in a year like this year’ according to Christine Leveque from Chantegrive, Graves.