Bordeaux wine

Frost damage means even more expensive Bordeaux

Frost damage in Bordeaux 2017

I thought Gavin Quinney's recent map showing frost damage in Bordeaux in 2017 was both interesting and concerning. Concerning because after the strong 2016 vintage it looks like prices are going even higher.

Decanter recently said "it’s clear from the barrel samples that Bordeaux 2016 is a vintage to be reckoned with" which is good news for the region after a pretty good 2015 vintage. But with the effects of the better Chateau moving up prices for 2015 & 2016 and the effects of the weak pound, its not good news for British drinkers. This year's frost damage means vineyard yields are going to be well down which means less supply and even higher prices. 

As someone who enjoys wine in the 15-25 euro price point, French wine is becoming pretty unattractive these days, particularly if you like a good Burgundy or Claret (the same applies for New Zealand Pinot Noir unfortunately). I for one am increasingly turning to Italian wines which offer better value e.g. Piedmonte and Valpolicella. 

This week's UK election will be very interesting, Any hint of a hung parliament and the pound is going to get battered even more which means the glass of red or white is going up, up, up.

Bordeaux 2015 vintage still looks very promising after rain in mid-month

Bordeaux had wet weather with heavy but localised showers in the middle of the month followed by good weather last week and plenty of dry, sunny weather forecast in the remaining days of September. 

Localised was the key word, with vastly different rain in different parts of the Bordeaux region, but fortunately no hail.

Bordeaux weather forecast commencing September 26th 2015:

Picking has been happening in Bordeaux from around September 21st with early ripening vineyards e.g. Pomerol largely complete with very good grape quality. Lafite-Rothschild completed its Merlot harvest on September 23rd. Later ripening and hence picking regions like Saint-Émilion and Margaux should benefit from the recent good weather and benign forecast. Cabernet Sauvignon is being picked and should be complete on Bordeaux's left bank in coming days and certainly by the first week of October.

Many are saying that 2015 will be a good vintage but maybe not a great one like 2005, 2009 or 2010 with high yields due to the summer sun. So far the omens for nice wines look good with good quality grapes with thick skins and excellent ripeness with no rot or hail damage this year.

Burgundy is also looking good so 2015 looks very good so for French and most European wine this vintage is looking promising.