The sun is still shining in Bordeaux with temperatures still at 30°C during the heat of the day though nights are now colder (around 12). The past six weeks of sunshine have saved the vintage. Despite the odd storm (with St Emilion particularly receiving very heavy rainfall over two days around 12th September) it looks like a good and abundant (the first in three years) but not great vintage (there is not the natural concentration due to the abundant water). But lets not judge ‘until the fat lady sings’ and hope she is in tune….
Young Merlot vines have been harvested already by many with the main harvest season set to start this week (29th September) with the older Merlot vines. Acidity levels are still high in the Cabernets. So far the sun has kept rot largely at bay.
Many grapes have two or three pips and bunches, particularly of the Merlot, are large. Grapes are swollen due to the amount of rain this summer. Much rosé will be made this year from the ‘saignée’ (the removal of a quantity of the juice from the vat making the remaining juice to skin ratio better!)