Harvest 2019

Per 6th October 2019:

2019 vintage's looking excellent. No violent outbursts from weather Gods through spring and summer, dry summer and occassionally some rain in August and September, which especially will help Cabernet Sauvignon to ripe perfectly.

Some vignerons told me that it looks like a mix of 2016 and 2018, maybe a similar one 2009 with better tannin. I've noticed on several pictures published on Facebook by vignerons of grapes and stilks, showing that grapes look stunning and stilks are red-brown which is a great sign of ripeness!

I'll be in Bordeaux for 5 days between 7th and 12th October, 2 days on Right Bank and 2 days on the Left Bank. Just to get a sniff of the 2019's quality. I've read Andrew Black's chronicle few days ago and there are some very interesting interviews with winemakers.

My impressions will follow soon!

 

Latest news

2019 HARVEST IN BORDEAUX IS GOING ON WELL - POSSIBLY GREAT VINTAGE IN SIGHT YET AGAIN!! PLEASE READ NEWS IN HARVEST CHAPTER!

FULL 2018 BORDEAUX REPORT WITH TNS AND RATINGS ON 395 BARREL SAMPLES TASTED DURING PRIMEUR IN MARCH/APRIL 2019 AND 50+ WINES FROM OTHER VINTAGES TASTED/RATED. ALL CHATEAUX PROFILES HAVE BEEN UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL TNS/RATINGS OBTAINED DURING VINEXPO IN MAY 2019 AND BEYERMAN TASTING IN SEPTEMBER 2019 (COPENHAGEN).

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NEW ADDITION TO MY WEBSITE IS BURGUNDY BLOG IN NEWS CHAPTER.  NEW PROFILES RECENTLY ADDED - CALON SEGUR AND SOCIANDO MALLET. PLANNED PROFILE ADDITIONS HERE IN 2019 ARE LEOVILLE BARTON AND PHELAN SEGUR. 

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REPORT ON AN OUTRAGEOUS TASTING OF 21 BORDEAUX WINES FROM VINTAGE 1918 - READ IT HERE (BOTTOM OF THE PAGE).

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I'M CONTINOUSLY ADDING MY TNS AT TASTINGBOOK.COM, WHERE I'VE APP. 3700+ FOLLOWERS AND HAVE PUBLISHED APP. 1700+ TASTING NOTES BY PRIMO AUGUST 2019.

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HERE ARE MY TOP TEN WINES TASTED IN 2018

1. Lafite Rothschild 1908             99p

2. Tertre Roteboeuf 2016             99p

3. Leoville Las Cases 2015           98-99p

4. Pichon Comtesse 2016            98-99p

5. Trotanoy 2016                            98-99p

6. Haut Bailly 2016                       98p

7. Belair Monange 2016               98p

8. Les Carmes Haut Brion 2016  97p

9. Pontet Canet 2016                       97p

10. Calon Segur 1918                    96p