Thoughts of Bordeaux 2012 Merlot St Emilion now its in the vat

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

Thoughts before Red Bordeaux Harvest 2012 gets under way

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

News from the vats: Bordeaux 2008

The rains have arrived in Bordeaux and luckily all the grapes have been picked, squashed, fermented and now the wine is undergoing its post fermentation maceration period. The fermentation lasts around a week on average and then the wine is left on its skins for approximately another two weeks. For each vat the density of … Continue reading News from the vats: Bordeaux 2008