6 weeks of Sunshine in Bordeaux raises hopes for 2014

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 … Continue reading 6 weeks of Sunshine in Bordeaux raises hopes for 2014

Hopes for Bordeaux 2014 rise with continual sunny weather but storms and hail risk all

As we finish the third week of hot sunshine with daily temperatures of 30°C, electrical storms and heavy rain have arrived in the Bordeaux wine region with some hail  in lower St Emilion. Ideally the grapes would have a week or two more sunshine. The very sunny weather since the beginning of September has driven … Continue reading Hopes for Bordeaux 2014 rise with continual sunny weather but storms and hail risk all

Bordeaux 2014: the sun has finally arrived, some catch-up to do

The vineyards are once again busy with workers removing leaves and excess bunches of grapes (or part bunches). Now the school and work 'rentrée' is in sight (next week) an anticyclone has finally arrived. The long-awaited sunshine is here and predicted to stay until 10th September now at least. But there is a lot of catching up … Continue reading Bordeaux 2014: the sun has finally arrived, some catch-up to do

Bordeaux 2014; grapes ripening slowly in cool summer sun

Apparently August 'makes the wine'. So far it has been very changeable, wet and not much sun. Its around 24°C during the day, not the usual heat of the August sun, and the nights and mornings are cold around 10c (more like the autumn). Despite the unfavorable conditions the bunches of grapes are turning red … Continue reading Bordeaux 2014; grapes ripening slowly in cool summer sun

Harvest Bordeaux 2014 set for end September

If all stays the same (ceteris paribus). The flowering went well (it stayed dry and so flowering took place over a short period of time). Ripening should take place over a short period too. Good for quality. There was some coulure on the Merlot due to the very cold nights experienced during the flowering (beginning of June). … Continue reading Harvest Bordeaux 2014 set for end September

Bordeaux 2014: Perfect Flowering season so far for most, top Medoc savaged by hail

For the past ten days or so the vineyards of Bordeaux have experienced perfect flowering conditions (opposite of 2013 when a torrential tropical downpour dashed all hopes for the vintage). Nights have been cold so there has been some coulure (with the baby grapes falling off, lessening yield but causing a very early green harvest). … Continue reading Bordeaux 2014: Perfect Flowering season so far for most, top Medoc savaged by hail

‘Grandes Crues’ – Bordeaux a Wine Region Underwater

Bordeaux's vineyards begin the year 'underwater' along with much of Europe. Both the banks of Bordeaux's rivers, the Garonne (here at Langon south of Bordeaux) and the Dordogne, have failed to contain the swollen rivers. Both the quays in Libourne (Dorgogne) and Bordeaux (Garonne) were flooded this last week. The amount of rain each day, which continues … Continue reading ‘Grandes Crues’ – Bordeaux a Wine Region Underwater