With the delay of the onset of botrytis, which did not arrive until mid October at the same time as the wet autumnal weather inevitably, many smaller producers produced non-botrytised sweet generic Sauternes and dry wines this year. When the botrytis finally arrived its development has often been stopped by many rain showers which also encouraged the … Continue reading Sauternes 2012; still hanging in there
In between the rain falls which washed away any prescence of the magical, ephemeral botrytis, you gallant producers who on a good day get to harvest a glass-full of the precious nectar. Who have to combat the weather at the most precarious time of year, who have to pay astronomically to teams of pickers to … Continue reading Bordeaux Liquoreux 2012: You brave producers
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
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
What can we say at this early date? Very late harvest started around start October for many Yields down but not as low as predicted, about same as last year Good healthy state of Merlot grapes harvested during first two weeks of October (wetter weather following) (bad news for Sauternes as no botrytis then). Producers have … Continue reading Bordeaux 2012 Red Harvest coming to a close
With the arrival of the wet Autumn weather, the Cabernets are struggling to ripen (most Merlots are in) and rot is setting in. Potential is there (particularly for the Merlot); colour looks good, intense aromas of black fruits, freshness from the cool nights. The last of the cabernets are being harvested int he Medoc and … Continue reading Bordeaux 2012 – what’s happening?
Some producers (St Emilion on the plains and pied de côtes, Pomerol) are celebrating the 'gerbebaude' this weekend, the French harvest festival. Many producers are still harvesting as the cooler, autumnal weather arrives. Most Merlot is in now even in the Medoc and Graves (apart from the plateau of St Emilion. There is not … Continue reading 2012 Harvest Bordeaux – is there time for the Cabernets to ripen now Autumn is here?
There are only one or two days when Alfie the Cocker eats the grapes in the vineyards, when the grapes are perfectly ripe. No need for analysis or even lengthy tasting, he ascertains perfectly when the grapes are at their best. His puppies will be available for sale in the future.
Amazing flourescent colour of the wine this year and the wonderful aromas of raspberry. More like a sweet factory than a winery! Alcohol levels around 13.5°C, acidity levels correct, seemingly good colour so far. The key is not to extract the unripe elements from the skins and pips. The success of 2012 comes down to the winemaker's decision of … Continue reading Thoughts of Bordeaux 2012 Merlot St Emilion now its in the vat
The pickers are out in force all over the vineyards of Bordeaux and the noisier harvesting machines too. It is the Merlot that is under the secateurs and looks good. Most people started this week and the weather has stayed pretty fine. The grapes have been able to come in cool and fresh with helps … Continue reading Merlot Harvest Bordeaux 2012 Underway