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 a volume of juice early on in the process when the juice is a deep pink colour.

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Cabernet to wait its turn
Cabernet to wait its turn
Saignée at léoville Poyferré
Saignée at léoville Poyferré

The sunshine continues into its 8th week. Many in the Medoc will take the weekend off to start the Cabs next week. Temperatures are still around 30°C during the day causing some concentration and slight dryingout.

The beginning of the fermentation, what is the potential alcohol from the sugar present in the ripe grapes?
The beginning of the fermentation, what is the potential alcohol from the sugar present in the ripe grapes?

 

Only the plateau of St Emilion with its colder limestone soils will need to wait to harvest its Merlots around 9th October.

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