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2010 vintage guide for Bordeaux

Weather Conditions It might have been hard to convince sceptics that Bordeaux was looking at another vintage of the century hard on the heels of 2009, but the En Primeur…

Bordeaux Graves vineyards

2011 vintage guide for Bordeaux

Weather Conditions After two excellent vintages, 2011 brought a return to reality. This was a strange year for weather – as many said at the time, it was summer in…

ST EMILION

2012 vintage guide for Bordeaux

Weather Conditions Again a difficult year in many ways, although more promising than 2011 in many ways by the time the last grapes were brought in. Unlike 2011, the weather…

SAINTE CROIX DU MONT

2013 vintage guide for Bordeaux

Weather Conditions No respite for the growers after two difficult vintages. There were plenty of challenges right from the start in this vintage – uneven and late flowering following a…

St Emilon, Bordeaux

2009 vintage guide for Bordeaux

Weather Conditions Even right at the start of the growing season things were looking promising, with temperatures slightly above average and 220 hours of sunshine. This was tempered by a…

Bordeaux Graves vineyards

2008 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions A dull, wet, stormy March brought slow, uneven budburst, with the patchy development compounded by a severe frost 6-7 April. Pessac-Léognan was hit hardest losing up to half…

Bordeaux Sauternes vineyards

2008 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions 2008 was particularly challenging in Sauternes where the hard frost of 6-7 April combined with mildew-inducing rain, hail and constantly changing weather for much of the season reduced…

2008 vintage guide for Saint-Emilion and Pomerol

2008 vintage guide for Saint-Emilion and Pomerol

Weather Conditions The Right Bank’s early season was marked by wet, cool, yo-yo weather. Budburst was sluggish, flowering poor and uneven, and fruit set inconsistent. High rainfall (August was its…

Bordeaux Graves vineyards

2007 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions After a mild February, budburst arrived 10 days earlier than usual, at the end of March. Temperatures soared in April – it was the warmest since 1949 –…

Bordeaux Sauternes vineyards

2007 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions Out of the whole of Bordeaux, only Sauternes made indisputably great wines in 2007. The region laboured under the same weather problems that beset the rest of Bordeaux…

Bordeaux Graves vineyards

2006 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions A very tricky vintage marked by highly variable weather from beginning to end. A cold, wet winter that was welcome after the searing and dry conditions of 2005…

Bordeaux Sauternes vineyards

2006 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions A year of great opportunities but also great challenges. There was very ripe fruit thanks to the heat of July and early September and very fresh fruit from…

2005 vintage guide for Saint-Emilion and Pomerol

2005 vintage guide for Saint-Emilion and Pomerol

Weather Conditions Flowering started on 23 May and continued with excellent summer weather conditions. With only 400mm of rain overall, the year was fairly dry. The harvest started about two…

Bordeaux Graves vineyards

2005 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions This year was very dry with little rainfall from May to August. Showers broke the drought in September then drying winds coming by harvest time. The acidities, sugar…

Bordeaux Sauternes vineyards

2005 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions As with the rest of Bordeaux, the drought was the outstanding feature of the summer. 2005 was the second driest year since 1897 and between June and October,…

Bordeaux Graves vineyards

2004 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions The weather returned to a more typical pattern after the excesses of 2003. The harvest was nearly a month later but more in keeping with the norm. A…

Bordeaux Sauternes vineyards

2004 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions The weather returned to a more typical pattern after the excesses of 2003. The harvest was nearly a month later but more in keeping with the norm. A…