The two of us are looking forward to reporting from Bordeaux on the harvest, which is just about to get under way at the estates we oversee. In the meantime, we'll fill you in on how the growing season has proceeded so far.
The winter of 2009 was exceptionally cold and wet. Low temperatures in January and February provided excellent conditions for the winter rest of the vines.
In March, temperatures gradually rose enough for the bud break to take place, although it happened 15 days later than in 2008. The following months saw normal and regular growth cycles, although in the hot month of May a few hailstorms touched Bordeaux.
Flowering began at the end of May under ideal conditions. After a sunny and windy month, all grape varieties reached a stage that would guarantee a satisfying harvest yield.
We had a quick and homogenous véraison around the end of July, with hardly any difference between the Merlots and the Cabernets. By mid-August, all the grapes had changed color.
The month of August was exceptionally dry. Low rainfall contributed to small and thick-skinned berries, full of sugar with a good level of acidity.
The big particularity of this vintage is that we had a lot of hot days followed by cold nights, ideal for a great vintage.
Looking at the analysis it is difficult not to draw comparisons with the characteristics of 2000 and 2005.
Today, the vineyards are in perfect condition and if the weather continues as it has been for the last two months we are going for a BIG ONE!!!
John Reeves — Texas — September 17, 2009 3:32pm ET
Pairach Intaput — Bangkok Thailand — September 17, 2009 10:34pm ET
Alexander Van Beek — France — September 18, 2009 5:01pm ET
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