The Price Cycle: 2012 Bordeaux chooses to listen and prices come down

At this time of year usually it is 'the waiting game'. The world wine press and buyers have been and gone. Tasted the baby wine scarcely 6 months of age and reported their findings (except Parker of course). Yet this year 2012 prices have started to come out early and are, so far, what was hoped and … Continue reading The Price Cycle: 2012 Bordeaux chooses to listen and prices come down

What to expect Bordeaux Primeurs 2012? 5 Keys to producing successful wines

The networks are already filled with views about #bdx12 and the official week has not yet started. Bordeaux is already beginning to fill with the foreign faces of the world wine trade, the early birds to taste the baby vintage 2012, already prodded and poked with barely six months of age. Criticised but surprisingly not yet … Continue reading What to expect Bordeaux Primeurs 2012? 5 Keys to producing successful wines

Bordeaux En Primeur 2012. Does the system work?

The 'en primeur week' black teeth week is nearly upon us when the world's wine trade and press (around 3000 people) arrive to taste and judge the new baby vintage. This traditional system of selling wines (initially developed to finance the expensive oak barrels) is criticised for being too early and unrepresentative of the finished wine. … Continue reading Bordeaux En Primeur 2012. Does the system work?

UGC PRIMEURS BORDEAUX 2012

Union de Grands Crus 9,10 & 11 Avril 2013 Château Fourcas Hosten : Médoc,      Haut-Médoc, Moulis & Listrac Château la Conseillante :      Pomerol Château la Lagune : Sauternes      & Barsac Château Labégorce : Margaux Château Olivier : Graves &      Pessac-Léognan Château Phélan Ségur : Saint-Julien, Pauillac & Saint-Estèphe Château Soutard : … Continue reading UGC PRIMEURS BORDEAUX 2012

Assessment of the 2012 Bordeaux Vintage now its in the barrel

Early unfavourable conditions for the vine which encouraged disease and above all disrupted the flowering, were caught up with exceptionally sunny and dry August and September enabling canny producers to harvest healthy grapes before the deluge of rain towards end October. (Based on a report issued by Euralis experts) Disturbed Flowering The first half of the vine's … Continue reading Assessment of the 2012 Bordeaux Vintage now its in the barrel

Michel Rolland on the 2012 Vintage in Bordeaux

From wine-searcher.com How is the 2012 vintage in Bordeaux? Climatic conditions always have a primordial effect on grapes and on a vintage, but what we can do now is utterly different from 15 years ago. In great vintages such as 2009 and 2010, we have to tame nature; in difficult ones we must cajole it. … Continue reading Michel Rolland on the 2012 Vintage in Bordeaux

Bordeaux 2012; the key to making ripe fruity wines this year

If the old adage is correct that the colour makes the wine, then 2012 should be a good vintage. The wines are very deep in colour with abundant black fruit aromas. They have reacted well to the post-fermentation period, being left peacefully on the skins at 30°C with just a gently wetting of the cap … Continue reading Bordeaux 2012; the key to making ripe fruity wines this year

Bordeaux 2012: some Cabernets in need of help

Due to the late season this year many cabernets have not had the time before the arrival of the autumn weather to fully ripen. Many producers have left it as late as possible but suffered from Botrytis. The Cabernets have had to be harvested with still some elements of greeness (pyrazine, aroma of green pepper). … Continue reading Bordeaux 2012: some Cabernets in need of help

Bordeaux 2012: let’s see what we have

Franck Moureau, Château Béard La Chapelle, St Emilion Grand Cru, tasting his 12 vats Aromas of black fruits, deep colour, good acidity (will reduce after malolactic fermentation)...tannins to come The grape juice has now turned into wine which is slowly extracting the tannins, aromatics and colour from the skins. Now is the time for lots … Continue reading Bordeaux 2012: let’s see what we have

Bordeaux 2012 Merlot Harvest set to start 1st October (record late date)

Potential alcohol levels are already highish for Merlot (around 12.5°) but malic acid is still high but slowly reducing. Producers are holding off to harvest next week after the two days of rain forecast this week. The rate of ripening has slowed down and any increase in sugar levels is due to concentration. The levels of … Continue reading Bordeaux 2012 Merlot Harvest set to start 1st October (record late date)