Aug 31 2012
by Jane Anson in Bordeaux – The Bordeaux 2012 harvest will be several weeks later than in recent years – and the smallest since 1991, according to the agriculture minister. Bordeaux 2012 likely to be ‚winemaker’s vintage‘
Difficult climatic conditions during the growing season, from a rainy spring and early summer to a searingly hot August, have meant that 2012 looks to be another ‘winemaker’s vintage’ – as difficult vintages are usually dubbed.
Rain during April, May and June put heavy pressure on the vineyards, and the cold temperatures meant flowering was inconsistent.
Most winemakers report that the warm end of July, and hot August, salvaged what was looking to be a disastrous year.
But with temperatures reaching 40 degrees over several days in August – the 9th, 10th, 25th, and 27th were particularly hot – meant that some grapes shut down entirely, and others were scorched by the sun. Continue reading „decanter.com: Bordeaux braces itself for ‚winemaker’s vintage‘“