The new wine is now ready, and I love visiting the warm chais (above ground cellars in Bordeaux) this time of year when the leaves are turning golden and temperatures are autumnal. The wine has taken all it needs from the skins which have now been removed. The wine is now ready for the next … Continue reading A for Amphora, learning Bordeaux’s new ageing alphabet
Thoreau said "the price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it". Well prices for 2017 seem to be about equal to 'good' vintages that have already matured in bottle and are closer to the exciting time when they are 'ready to drink' and you can pull the cork such as 2006 … Continue reading 2017 Recap of value and pricing
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 Seventh Heaven in Bordeaux? as we taste the 2017s
The spring and early summer was cold and wet (filling the water table to the top!). The summer since mid July has been exceptionally hot and dry! The vines are parched that is for sure, particularly the younger ones whose roots don't yet go down that deep. After a very wet Spring, (there has been no … Continue reading 2016 Bordeaux looking good
Temperatures are set to hit 36°C today as everyone prepares for 'la rentrée'. The summer has been long, dry and hot with a break a week ago with some rain. We are about two weeks in advance of a 'normal' year. The grapes are ripening with levels of sugar higher than normal at this point. Heavier bunches … Continue reading 2015 Bordeaux Caribbean Summer, Indian one to follow?
After three months of no rain, we have had two days of non-stop rain (8th and 9th August). The vines needed particularly the Younger vines whose root systems do not go too far down. Veraison has finished (chaging of the colour) but No 'arret de croissance' yet (when the vine stops growing leaves and switches to … Continue reading Brief Rain Relief in Bordeaux
Grapes are changing colour after six weeks of températures in the 30°s (with just the occasional light rain showers). Berries are small with little juice. The dry conditions are starting to stress the Young vines. The harvest will start around 25th September this year. Fingers crossed for a good vintage. Normally vintages with a five are … Continue reading Long Hot Summer pronounces early good vintage for 2015 Bordeaux
Bordeaux Vineyard Map and where to go first?.
Why do wines smell and taste like other natually ocurring substances like fruits or spices? Because they are made up of the same chemical compounds. These come from several sources. Primary aromas – come from the fruit, within the various grape varieties these aromas exist as non odorous elements that are transformed by fermentation. Each … Continue reading The 13 Different Aroma Families in Wine
The unseasonally cold and wet weather in April has held back the vine's development in the early stages of 2013. Normally at the time of the Primeurs the vines are in leaf. This year, despite the Primeurs being a week later (due to an early Easter) the vines were hardly budding and around a month … Continue reading Bordeaux 2013 starts late