Bordeaux 2013: Cheapest vintage on the market, the only way to go

Making wine is not like making luxury handbags (LVMH would agree). Rather than notch up the production line, it is Mother Nature that rules. 2013 was a 'challenging ' year for everyone in Bordeaux. 2013 was one of the most expensive vintages to produce, high costs of inputs and labour against tiny yields. Producing a … Continue reading Bordeaux 2013: Cheapest vintage on the market, the only way to go

Bordeaux 2013 – whipping up a storm (in a teacup?)

Already there has been much talk about Bordeaux's baby vintage. As the futures campaign approaches with the annual tastings in the first week of April, everyone is hoping that the vintage will not be judged a washout. It happens (particularly in oceanic Bordeaux) when the weather does not deliver. Is it really that bad or … Continue reading Bordeaux 2013 – whipping up a storm (in a teacup?)

Bordeaux 2013: winemakers happy the harvest is over

The 'cuvaison' is over for 2013 and the wine is being pumped off the skins. Dubbed the hardest vintage in 30 years, despite the rush to harvest before the grapes and their skins were perfectly ripe, winemakers are happier with what is in their vats than they predicted. Due to the hot and wet conditions the … Continue reading Bordeaux 2013: winemakers happy the harvest is over

Harvest time at Yquem – 2013 promises to be a good year for the Sweets

Harvest time at Yquem. 2013 promises to be a good year not like 2012 which they classified 100%. Grape bunches are coming in botrytised rather than just Berry by Berry. Sweet wine harvest started 26 September and will normally continue for some weeks normally round en October (depending on the weather). The grapes are picked … Continue reading Harvest time at Yquem – 2013 promises to be a good year for the Sweets

Bordeaux 2013; Heatwave followed by storms, what’s happening this summer

It is the time of deleafing in the vineyards where leaves are plucked from the Eastern side that is exposing the grapes to the morning sun (but leaving them on the Western side where the afternoon sun might scorch the grapes). The cold wet spring has caused a persisting two week delay in the vineyards, eventual … Continue reading Bordeaux 2013; Heatwave followed by storms, what’s happening this summer

Bordeaux 2013 Vintage late starter

The good news is the flowers will be blooming at the time of the Fête de la Fleur (big party at Château Lagrange invites only!) which is due to take place Thursday June 20, as is custom, as the world's biggest professional wine fair, Vinexpo, comes to an end. Normally the flowers have been and gone by then. … Continue reading Bordeaux 2013 Vintage late starter