Archive for the ‘2010 Bordeaux Wine Harvest News’ Category
“1945 Mouton and 1947 Cheval Blanc 1947 were also excessive wines when very young. They could have tasted like Cos 2009 and they were considered atypical for their time.”
Due to a lack of uniformity in the maturity of the grapes due to a long flowering and cold spring, we chose to utilize the densimetric sorting machine. This helped remove the less than ripe fruit.
The quality of the sorted fruit was perfect. The line of 100 air jets is equivalent to a team of 100 sorters. However, the use of these new machines made it necessary to add a number of conveyor belts to carry the harvest from one to another.
For the past 2 years we’ve experienced earlier than normal harvests. This year we had to be patient and return to a more regular time frame for the harvest. The botrytis took its time arriving. But when it arrived, it was beautiful and on very ripe fruit.
Our new optic sorting table worked perfectly! The quality of the sorting was very good. Moreover, because this sorting is very fast and we need only a few people to make it work, we were able to concentrate more of our attention on the wine making.
As per today, this is a great vintage in terms of analyses (tannins, anthocianes and alcohol), still it’s too early to say exactly how great, but anyway it is very promising. We hold a second trilogy 2008, 2009 and 2010, comparable with 1988, 1989, 1990.
The 2010 Bordeaux harvest for the red wines at Chateau Haut Brion began September 8. On that date, they started picking the fruit from the youngest Merlot vines. This always takes place before they start working with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc as Merlot develops first. The Merlot crop took less than a week to [...]
Chateau Fonroque Chateau Fonroque in St. Emilion has been working their Bordeaux wine vineyards using Biodynamic techniques. They started their 2010 Fonroque Biodynamic Harvest, September 27th. This date was much earlier than most of the other properties in St. Emilion. Alain Moueix explains why. “One of the effect of biodynamic is the earlier ripening of [...]
Philippe Dhalluin at Chateau Mouton Rothschild has been on a roll since he started with the company in time for the 2004 vintage. For my palate, the 2006 Mouton Rothschild (The first year Philippe was allowed to call all the shots) remains the best Bordeaux wine he’s produced yet. Like all great vintners, regardless [...]
With three properties to manage, Juliette Becot has hands full this time of year. Juliette is responsible for the 2010 Beau-Sejour Becot Harvest, La Gomerie Becot and Joanin Becot. Due to its terroir and that the wine is made from 100% merlot, La Gomerie is always the first of her St. Emilion properties to harvest. [...]