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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.
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?
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 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.
For the 2012 Fetit Clinet growing season, we made two green harvests. The first took place when the grapes began to change color and we did a second green harvest later in the season to remove any unripe berries.
The alcohol levels are lower than 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. We are around slightly more than 13% with our 2012 Clinet.
It’s the date at which the harvest starts that is the most important. Then we must harvest as fast as possible and with luck, in the best possible conditions. The date at which the harvest ends is never anticipated at the beginning of the harvest. It is always confirmed just a few days before it’s there..
Historically, 2012 Domaine de Chevalier is a very late vintage for us. In fact this is the latest harvest start for the Merlot in the history of the chateau!
Due to the lateness of the harvest, because we had to wait, it was difficult to find work for our workers in the vineyard that were waiting to start picking.