However, when it came tine to harvest the 1952 Bordeaux vintage, the weather changed to cold and rainy. 1952 Bordeaux wine is another vintage favoring the Right Bank. Pomerol and St. Emilion were able to harvest before the torrential rains fell. Due to the cold and rainy weather, many vintners, especially in the Left Bank picked early, before the fruit had the chance to fully ripen which is why the wines of the Right Bank are so much better in the 1952 Bordeaux vintage.
The 1952 Bordeaux vintage got off to a good start with a good, warm and dry spring and summer. The 1952 Bordeaux vintage enjoyed a nice summer. June spiked up to 99 degrees at the end of the month. The nights were cool, dropping in to the 40’s. July was even better on average, although the heat spikes only reached 91 degrees at the beginning of the month. The month of August delivered more of the same, with a high of 95 degrees which was reached on August 12. September really cooled down, with a high of 75 degrees at the beginning of the month. At this point, things were looking good for the 1952 Bordeaux vintage.
The few 1952 Pomerol’s I’ve tasted have been very strong. 1952 Vieux Chateau Certan remains a stunning 1952 Bordeaux wine . It’s the wine of the vintage. The wines with a heavier Merlot content in Graves are said to have been strong as well. To read about other Bordeaux vintages from 1945 to today: Bordeaux Year to Year Detailed Vintage Reports & Guide 1945 to Today