2013 Bordeaux already a year of extremes but better for Cabernet – so far

For Merlot the rains that fell in torrents during Vinexpo (18, 20 June) was bad news. It meant that the Merlot grapes, which were in the middle of flowering, have suffered 'millerandage' some grapes are developing normally but some are retarded. The dilema with this is that on the same bunch of grapes you have a big difference … Continue reading 2013 Bordeaux already a year of extremes but better for Cabernet – so far

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

Bordeaux 2012 Vintage: Record Rainfall and not much sun for the holiday-makers

The school holidays have started in France and those that holiday in July known as the  'juilletistes' are on the roads heading for their holiday destinations. Temperatures soared on Saturday one of the busiest on the roads in the French calender, but the day ended in torrential downpours for most. For the past few weeks … Continue reading Bordeaux 2012 Vintage: Record Rainfall and not much sun for the holiday-makers

2008 Bordeaux pre and flowering

At last the sun is shining in Bordeaux after a very wet spring. The vines are about two weeks behind normal with the lack of sun and wet conditions but so far the infant light green leaves are healthy and growing.  Lot of greenery and vegetation which will be trimmed back in time during 'le rognage'.  Most … Continue reading 2008 Bordeaux pre and flowering