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Bordeaux 2014 now over, Indian summer sunshine saved the vintage

Thank goodness for the sunshine that arrived end of August and saved the day. Despite some autumn conditions the late ripening Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon were mostly picked in dry conditions. In fact they seem to really like the Indian summer conditions and are looking really good this year. Cold nights through the entire summer … Continue reading

Bordeaux 2014 Cabernets being picked in Autumn conditions

After 9 weeks of temperatures more like the heat of the summer, autumn has arrived in Bordeaux with its rainshowers (27mm fell yesterday in St Emilion) and cloudy weather. It is now the turn of the Cabernets to be picked, and they are ripe (around 13° potential alcohol). (The first Merlots to be picked at … Continue reading

Bordeaux 2014 comes in, in the sunshine

The harvest is in full swing with most Merlot in now or the last few batches are coming in, on both the right and left bank (Haut Medoc, Pomerol and St Emilion). The grapes are healthy and the yield is high. Berries are swollen and sweet with around 13°C.Many are doing a ‘saignée’, taking off … Continue reading