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Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Fermentations and First Impressions

The 2009 vintage in Bordeaux at Châteaus Giscours, du Tertre and Haut-Bailly is one to get excited about

Posted: November 16, 2009  By Alexander Van Beek

Wine Spectator guest blogger Alexander Van Beek says that after watching the fermentations at Châteaus Giscours, du Tertre and Haut-Bailly, the 2009 vintage in Bordeaux could be a great one.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Assessing 2009 Now That the Bordeaux Harvest Is Complete

Most of the Bordeaux properties finished the harvest this week, with just a few grapes left to pick here and there

Posted: October 19, 2009  By Alexander Van Beek, Véronique Sanders

Châteaus du Tertre and Giscours finished harvesting this past Tuesday, and Château Haut-Bailly on Wednesday. Now it's time for the end of harvest parties and some early assessments of the vintage, which looks to be fantastic.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

2009 Should Be Exceptional Throughout Bordeaux

Cabernets show great balance and richness

Posted: October 12, 2009  By Véronique Sanders, Alexander Van Beek

The excitement here in Bordeaux is growing day by day as the Cabernets being brought in also show tremendous potential, like the Merlots, thereby confirming the quality of the vintage. The weather continues to be amazing: Record fall temperatures beat down on Bordeaux! It was 30°C (86°F) on Oct. 6 ... just like in 1929!

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

The Quality of 2009 Bordeaux Is Starting to Be Confirmed

Much of the Merlot is in at du Tertre, Giscours and Haut-Bailly

Posted: October 1, 2009  By Alexander Van Beek, Véronique Sanders

At the end of September, it was in the low 80s every day in Bordeaux, wonderful conditions for harvest. The vintage looks BIG, and the excitement is growing every day! At Château du Tertre, we started the harvest on Monday, Sept. 28, and by evening had already harvested around one-third of our Merlots. The juice tastes great: high in sugar, with rich and long persistent fruit in the mouth. Get the full details, along with details on what we've been picking at Giscours and Haut-Bailly, as well as Caiarossa in Tuscany.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Off to a Good Start with Reds in Bordeaux

The Merlot harvest has begun amid ideal conditions

Posted: September 24, 2009  By Véronique Sanders, Alexander Van Beek

Picking of the young Merlot has just started at Château Giscours and Haut-Bailly, and the maturity of the grapes looks promising, both by the numbers and by taste. The weather is expected to be great through the end of the month, allowing us to move on to the older Merlot and hopefully start Cabernet in early October.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

A Promising Year in Bordeaux

A pre-harvest report on 2009 at châteaus Giscours, du Tertre and Haut-Bailly

Posted: September 16, 2009  By Alexander Van Beek, Véronique Sanders

Alexander Van Beek of châteaus Giscours and du Tertre and Véronique Sanders of Château Haut-Bailly will be reporting from Bordeaux on the harvest, which is just about to get under way at their estates. In the meantime, they sum up how the growing season has proceeded so far.

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