Harvest 2019

 

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.

 

 

Latest news

2019 HARVEST IN BORDEAUX IS GOING ON WELL - POSSIBLY GREAT VINTAGE IN SIGHT YET AGAIN!! PLEASE READ NEWS IN HARVEST CHAPTER!

FULL 2018 BORDEAUX REPORT WITH TNS AND RATINGS ON 395 BARREL SAMPLES TASTED DURING PRIMEUR IN MARCH/APRIL 2019 AND 50+ WINES FROM OTHER VINTAGES TASTED/RATED. ALL CHATEAUX PROFILES HAVE BEEN UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL TNS/RATINGS OBTAINED DURING VINEXPO IN MAY 2019 AND BEYERMAN TASTING IN SEPTEMBER 2019 (COPENHAGEN).

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REPORT ON AN OUTRAGEOUS TASTING OF 21 BORDEAUX WINES FROM VINTAGE 1918 - READ IT HERE (BOTTOM OF THE PAGE).

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HERE ARE MY TOP TEN WINES TASTED IN 2018

1. Lafite Rothschild 1908             99p

2. Tertre Roteboeuf 2016             99p

3. Leoville Las Cases 2015           98-99p

4. Pichon Comtesse 2016            98-99p

5. Trotanoy 2016                            98-99p

6. Haut Bailly 2016                       98p

7. Belair Monange 2016               98p

8. Les Carmes Haut Brion 2016  97p

9. Pontet Canet 2016                       97p

10. Calon Segur 1918                    96p