Articles By: Jeff Leve
2012 Bordeaux Vintage and Harvest Report with details on the weather, growing season and links to interviews with close to 50 different Bordeaux producers on the vintage.
Philippe Cambie shares two decades of tasting notes from old vintages of Chateau Cabrieres. And even better, he provides some great winter ideas for pairing old Chateauneuf du Pape as well!
Having tasted a fair number of famous wines over the years, many of these exalted bottles have long since slipped into senility. But at their best, they offer a handful of lucky collector’s more than bottled history.
With the 2012 Bordeaux growing season, we had a particular hard year. We spent a lot of time working in our St. Emilion vineyards. We and the vines became naturally stressful. But a little bit of stress is good, no?
When news that Federal Judge Richard Berman ruled the FBI had probable cause to search the home of Rudy Kurniawan broke, wine lovers all of the world rejoiced! The trial of Rudy Kurniawan could take to place shortly!
For 2012 Smith Hauit Lafitte, the influence of the soil was stronger than the varietal. The key of the vintage was the water regulation. With good vines with deep roots in early terroir’s, you could have very good result.
We started the harvest October 9 and picked until October 12. We skipped 3 days and harvested from October 15 to October 17 and skipped another couple of days picking up again on October 19 until we finished on October 23.
The La Crau sector has been particularly successful. I am very happy to present the wines. The more I taste of 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape, the more I like it!
The nice weather conditions we experienced at the end of the vintage, called “été indien”, plus our terroir, which is one of the earliest in the St. Julien appellation, made the difference with the 2012 Beychevelle harvest.
The idea that the moon plays a role in planting is also a tradition that stretches back to the ancient Egyptians and was used for over 3,000 years. It is only because of the Victorians that we have dismissed this idea as being wrong.