UNBELIEVEABLE! AFTER 2015, 2016 AND 2018, 2019 LOOKS LIKE AN EXCEPTIONAL VINTAGE AGAIN!
2019 vintage's looking no less than incredibly promising. No violent outbursts from weather Gods through spring and summer, very dry summer and well-needed rain in the end of July, which started ripening process for real. Rains in September helped to separate seeds from skins in already very concentrated grapes, diluted sugar content meaning less alcohol and tightened skins. Rains were especially advantageous for Cabernet Sauvignon.
It'll be a vintage of different styles and characters as winemakers have broken the rules of harvesting dates and harvested either early or late. Some were afraid of getting too much alcohol in grapes. Leaf thinning was not really used that much because winemakers didn't want to risk getting grapes burnt. Btw, yield per ha will be normal in size all over Bordeaux.
During my recent trip in Bordeaux between 7th and 12th October, I tasted a lot of fresh grape juice, mostly Merlot before and after alcoholic fermentation, and it promised a great deal. Concentrated and rich with fat and big tannin.
For the most part in Medoc harvest is over by mid October. On the Right Bank, majority of properties have grapes in the cellar. In Pessac-Leognan, they have finished harvest in the end of last week.
I have no doubt that 2019 will be an excellent vintage, possibly equally stunning as 2016 and 2018, of different character however, but we have to wait until January 2020 for malolactic fermentation to get done, before there is a clear view of 2019 in red.
White dry wines are rumoured to be of very fine quality with much better acidity than in 2018 and 2016, while harvest of grapes in Sauternes & Barsac is still going on.