Some very nice wines (see my favorites below) made with even increased precision of winemaking but generally not the finesse of 2016s. It was a hot summer so alcohol levels can be high and some wines are tannic and lack freshness. But there are some real success stories as we understand better and better with … Continue reading 2018 Bordeaux Predicting the Future
St Emilion is my very favorite place to visit. It is the only one of Bordeaux's wine regions to have a worthy heart and is well worth dedicating a day to visit its wine region. Its not just its wonderful cloisters, its cobbled streets that wind and turn revealing beautiful old buildings, its old falling … Continue reading Visiting the wine region of Bordeaux? St Emilion is a must
The potential looks good. The sunny autumn has helped to ripen the grapes. A hot August followed a cool July but there was need for a sunshine boost. The lack of water helped the 'stress hydrique' to ocurr early on and cause the vines to aliment the grapes instead of the leaves giving concentration. The … Continue reading Thoughts before Red Bordeaux Harvest 2012 gets under way
First published in the Gilbert & Gaillard International Magazine BORDEAUX Ask any wine consumer the name of a wine region and chances are they will say Bordeaux. Why this is so is not clear but has something perhaps to do with its size, the early recognition of its natural factors giving it a long history … Continue reading What makes Bordeaux unique in the world of wine?