Bordeaux 2017

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Seventh Heaven in Bordeaux? as we taste the 2017s

Sevens are notoriously unlucky here in Bordeaux. There has been one outstanding vintage ending in a seven but that was back in 1947. Everyone has heard of the catastrophic very late frosts that hit at the end of April last year when vegetation was well developed (2 weeks in advance than normal). But what is … Continue reading

2017 ‘Harvest Haute Couture’ at Château Figeac

It is not unusual for the team at Château Figeac, Premier Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion to go through the different plots of vineyards on their 40 hectare estate (one of the largest in St Emilion) several times in order to prepare them (this may include detailed deleafing or green harvest) to the best possible … Continue reading

2017 Bordeaux Wine Harvest – a game of two halves

It is 28th September and usually the harvest would be just about to start in Bordeaux. This year most producers have their grapes already in the vats transforming and gurgling away and producing wonderful raspberry aromas that fill the region’s wineries. The sun is still shining despite wettish periods in September. We could not say … Continue reading

Aftermath of the Frost – Bordeaux

It was the Saint de Glace a week or so ago. It marks the moment when all fruit growers can heave a sigh of relief – the risk of frost has passed. Too late this year! There were no sighs of relief as the damage had already been done. Winter returned to parts of Bordeaux. … Continue reading

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