Bordeaux harvests described one by one since 2009

Harvest 2020

It's the end of October and harvest was over for reds some 20 days ago

Reports say that there's a great potential in 2020. All grape varieties did exceptionally well. 

Among "white" grapes, Semillon seems to be quite exceptional, while among red ones, Merlot takes the pole position. Some winemakers say that in 2020, Merlot and Cabernets changed their characteristics, so Merlot is more powerful and fleshy than usual and Cabernets more elegant than usual.

Harvest went very well in Sauternes & Barsac with very favourable conditions for botrytis spread towards the end of picking. It's high-quality vintage, says Jean-Pierre Meslier from Raymond Lafon.

We have to wait until the beginning of January 2021 to know more about the exact character and style of 2020 vintage.

 

 

Latest news

1. I spent two weeks in Bordeaux from mid-April to check out the 2021 vintage from the barrel. A review of 300+ tasted barrel samples has just been published on the 23rd of June 2022.

2. Impressions from my trip to Bordeaux in November 2021 are here - chapter "2021 Bordeaux" in "VINTAGES". Additional TNs from barrel samples of 2020 vintage tasted in Bordeaux - chapter "2020 FROM BARREL", in "VINTAGES".

3. 2019 vintage's TNs on 85 wines tasted in Bordeaux in November 2021  plus additional TNs on 120+ wines tasted in Copenhagen during January-March 2022, are published. Check out chapter "2019 BARREL/BOTTLE" in "VINTAGES".

4. Tasting notes concerning the 2018 vintage on wines tasted from the bottle in Bordeaux in November 2021- chapter "2018 IN BOTTLE" in "VINTAGES".

5. The Burgundy blog in the News chapter is a new feature, including impressions from Burgundy tastings/tasting dinners attended since November 2018. It'll also have impressions on tasted wines from Beaujolais' best winegrowers. I explored this wine area in April 2022 while tasting Morgon Cote du Puy from five producers in 2018 and 2019. A tasting of top cuveés from the same producers will follow in June 2022.

6. In addition to my website, I also post tasting notes to an excellent website run by Pekka Nuikki from Finland, www.tastingbook.com, where I have 11.000+ followers and 2.850+ TNs by mid-June 2022.