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The bordeaux vintage 2015
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The 2015 Bordeaux vintage Exceptional, enviable, unmissable? Here’s some background for you
Is the 2015 vintage one to stock up on? It has been a hot year across Bordeaux, which has resulted in a bumper harvest. The 2015 vintage is looking to be exceptional and one that is full of flavour.
IDEAL WEATHER CONDITIONS
It started with cool weather over the winter which helped the vines rest, the spring was predominantly sunny, bringing about very consistent blooming in the first two weeks of June, in ideal conditions, with warm, dry and sunny weather. The summer was splendid, with the right dose of coolness and water needed for a favourable veraison (the onset of ripening). What’s more, the dry, sunny September weather made it possible to wait until the grapes were perfectly ripe before starting the harvest, allowing time between each individual harvest based on the varying stages of ripeness of the different grape varieties.
The harvesting of dry whites and white crémants (sparkling wine) began at the end of August – beginning of September, in areas where the Sauvignon Blanc variety ripens earliest. This was a week ahead of last year and in the first week of September this harvest began all over the region. Sémillon grapes, golden and superb, and full of flavour, were picked around the 10th September.
White wines promise to be of excellent quality and traditional in their characteristic features. They have good balance and powerful aromas.
Rosés were harvested from the first week of September.
Harvesting of the red grape variety, Merlot, started in mid-September in the earliest ripening areas, then all over the region from 21st September and continued with the Cabernets.
Analysis of these grapes is very encouraging. The potential in anthocyanins enables us to foresee a vintage of superb quality.
Sweet white wines: The first stages of sorting-picking in the vineyard with early ripening began during the week of 14th September. However, harvesting really began w/c 21st September and continued into October.
So, all the signs point to 2015 being a vintage of exceptional quality and good volume. Great news for your customers so make sure you don’t miss out.
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