Beautiful Botrytis by the Bunch for Bordeaux’s Sweet wine producers in 2013

2013 Lucky for some! Everyone is happy in Sauternes as the alternating of wet and hot sunny conditions is perfect for the onset of 'noble rot' botrytis cinerea. There is so much uniform botrytis that whole bunches are able to be picked instead this year of the painstaking berry by Berry (last happened in 2005). 2013 … Continue reading Beautiful Botrytis by the Bunch for Bordeaux’s Sweet wine producers in 2013

Seven days of Sunshine in Bordeaux saves 2013 from Catastrophe

Most of the white grapes have been harvested in Bordeaux, the rosé is under way and now we just keep our fingers crossed for the reds. Températures are perfect over 30°C during the day dropping to 12°C at night for the past week. Early signs of botrytis can be seen particularly on vines that have not … Continue reading Seven days of Sunshine in Bordeaux saves 2013 from Catastrophe

Bordeaux Liquoreux 2012: You brave producers

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

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 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)

Bordeaux Harvest 2011 in the vats; a good year for good vignerons but no hat-trick

2011 is going to be a good year for producers who have been diligent through the year and reactive during harvest. It will not be another 2009 and 2010 but closer to 2006 in quality. Some producers express relief saying that the market could not withstand another "exceptional" year with "exceptional" prices. The grapes have … Continue reading Bordeaux Harvest 2011 in the vats; a good year for good vignerons but no hat-trick

Hail hits Bordeaux vineyards two weeks before 2011 harvest is to begin

On 1st September a violent hailstorm struck both St Estephe in the Medoc and 30km around Branne/Grezeillac in Entre Deux Mers (including southern St Emilion). The storm lasted 20 minutes but caused devastation at its epi-centre with hailstorms the size of eggs stripping leaves and slashing grapes on the bunches. Here up to half of the harvest has … Continue reading Hail hits Bordeaux vineyards two weeks before 2011 harvest is to begin