Medoc and Graves

Medoc and Graves

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…

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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 –…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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2003 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions In the best areas of the Medoc, the Cabernets, the majority grape on the left bank, showed exemplary ripeness with great aromatic finesse, high alcohol content and good…

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2002 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions In the Medoc, weather was unpredictable. November and December were harsh but spring and early summer showed above average temperatures. Bad weather in June hampered fertilisation (coulure and…

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2001 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions The preceding winter was the wettest since 1982/83, and the season went on to be particularly mild. It meant that the vines responded early, though a short period…

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2000 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions The growing season began shakily after a mild winter, with a hot rainy spring and early summer, bringing considerable problems with mildew. From mid-July, however, there was almost…

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1999 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions Normal flowering after a warm May. The summer was warm and humid, and green- harvesting was essential to reduce the high crop. Damp weather provoked mildew and some…

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1998 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions Flowering took place in normal conditions, and a dull July was followed by a hot dry August which thickened the skins, which were then able to resist the…

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1997 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions The winter was mild, but May was unstable, leading to uneven flowering, especially for Merlot. There was more rain in the early summer, and tropical conditions in August.…

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1996 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions After a mild spring, flowering was in mid-June. Early July was cool, but then it warmed up, although the Graves was troubled by August rains. Dry weather returned…

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1995 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions A mild winter and warm spring led to flowering from 20 May. A hot summer, but the water table was high so there was no drought stress. There…

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1994 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions A promising start, with a rapid early flowering, followed by a hot summer with occasional rain. Once again rain in September marred what could otherwise have been an…

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1993 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions The spring was damp, but a warmer May led to swift flowering. The summer was warm, and August hot. Growers were all set for a very fine vintage,…

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1992 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions Despite a cold winter, a warm May led to an early flowering. But the summer was the wettest in fifty years. Yields shot up and green-harvesting became essential.…

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1991 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions The year of the frost. Plummeting temperatures on the night of 20 April wiped out up to 70 percent of the crop. Second buds complicated the ripening process…

1990 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

1990 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions After a very mild winter, spring was cool, but warmed up in May, leading to early flowering. July and August were the driest since 1961, but welcome September…

1989 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

1989 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions Due to the above-average temperatures that were the norm during the spring of 1989, flowering took place earlier than usual under ideal conditions, leading to the production of…