Bordeaux Vintage Reports 2018

 

Chateau Villars (Fronsac), Thierry Gaudrie :

2018…..Zen harvests !

Coming out of a cold spring, the good weather a bit long in coming, the vines came to life  under a bright sun that very quicky heated up the atmosphere, lasting an unbelievably long period, from July through October. The winemaker’s dream, tranquil harvests, day by day, as the grapes reached their individual maturity, all in a state of serenity…!

A vintage to classify in the family of “Exceptional” as the 2010 or 2005

A beautiful ripeness, aromas of black fruit and licquorice, very supple tannins on palate with a very rich finish. A great vintage “de garde

 

Vignobles Meynard, Chateau La Bourée (Côtes de Castillon), Château L’Etoile de Clotte Saint Emilion), Chateau Platon (Entre Deux Mers), Christelle Meynard :

The 2018 vintage is a beautiful vintage. In spite of a rainy Spring, which complicated our work maintaining the health of the vines, we had a very hot and dry summer, conditions in which the grapes ripened well. For the 2018 vintage, our yields were good. Thanks to weather conditions and rigorous work in the vines (debudding, canopy thinning), we have made wine that is rich, concentrated, very well balanced with a lovely acidity. The tannins are ripe and silky. On the palate it is fruity with a compelling freshness. Jean Francois classifies this vintage along with 2010 and 2015. For him the vintage is memorable for the great quality of the Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon as well as the Malbec we harvested.

 

Chateau Les Vieux Moulins (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux), Damien Lorteau :

At our domaine, situated in the region of Blaye, the most marked event of the 2018 vintage was a very big hail storm on May 26th, which destroyed 50% of our vineyard.

The rest of our vineyard remained intact, but cultivation of the vines this year was particularly difficult because of the wet spring and the continued and heavy threat of mildew, requiring us to be very vigilant in protecting the harvest.

The end of the season was hot and dry, which brought the vineyards back to health, and the grapes ripened under exceptional sanitary conditions.

In the end, the 2018 wines are rich, powerful with lots of fruit and very good acidity levels, balancing the wines , making them very drinkable.

 

 

Bordeaux Vintage Reports 2016 

 

Chateau Vieux Chevrol (Lalande de Pomerol), Michel Champseix :

 The start to the season was very complicated. A spring with an enormous amount of rain and a strong oceanic influence contributed to ideal conditions for midew. It was necessary to adapt a carefully thought out plan for working the soils (plowing of the topsoil, spontaneous grassing to limit the absorbtion of nitrogen by the vines) and for “travaux en vert” or “green work” of the vines (maintaining aeration, and controlling the spreading of vegetation)

We have been certified organic growers now for 2 years, the treatment by synthetic chemical products is not allowed. We can only use copper based preventitive treatments. Because of this we must be very careful in our vineyard work.

Following, we had a very dry summer, some rains at the beginning of September, and an Indian Summer during harvest time, conditions for the grapes to reach perfect maturity. The crop was exceptional in quality and quantity. The wines are deeply colored and well structured. Now we are waiting to see how they evolve as they mature in the cellar!

In brief, this is a true success for our second year in certified organic farming!

 

Chateau Villars (Fronsac), Thierry Gaudrie :

 Regarding climate, the resemblance to the 1988 vintage is incredible : an excess of rain from January to June (735 mm in 1988 and 750 mm in 2016), then an impressive drought over the next 3 months (109 mm in 1988 and 66 mm in 2016).

In all, 2016 will be even better than 1988, which was the first great vintage in an extraordinary trilogy (1988, 1989, 1990). In effect, the climate has changed and we have had a much warmer summer than 1988, a bit like 2003 and 2010.

It is thus very likely, that the 2016 does not resemble any previously known vintage but a mix of these 3:

1988 for the fuit and purity ;

2003 for the solar aspect and richness in sugar ;

2010 for the quality of the tannins and their maturity, quite present, but without any aggressiveness.

For a laugh, if I dare an arithmetic formula, I would write : 1988 + 2003 + 2010 : 3 = 2000 naturally….And why not?

On the other hand, I am certain and ready to defend without hesitation, 2016 is better than 2015, and I affirm that without any doubt.

 

Chateau Les Vieux Moulins (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux), Damien Lorteau :

 Concerning the 2016 vintage in Bordeaux, it was a year of two distinct parts, a very rainy first six months of the year and a very dry last six months. The harvests took place during the month of October under ideal conditions. The wines are concentrated and powerful this year with aromas of  very ripe fruits. These are certainly “vins de garde”. This is a great vintage for Bordeaux.

 

 

Bordeaux Vintage Reports 2015 

 

Chateau Gueyrosse (St. Emillion), Samuelle Delol :

 The 2015 harvest began at Chateau Gueyrosse the 14th of September with our parcels of Merlot and we finished with the Cabernets Franc and Cabernets Sauvignon the 29th of September.

The climactic conditions were perfect for hand harvesting grapes of a very beautiful maturity. Since the first days of vinification we have a sustained color with marvelous aromas of red fruits, black fruits, and tannins of great delicacy and elegance. The maceration lasted 18 days. Secondary fermentation in vat took place from the end of October until mid-november.

Now the wines are in barrel for 12 months, with rackings every three months.

The 2015 vintage of Chateau Gueyrosse marks the anniversary of 25 vinifications by Samuelle Delol, under the benificent watch of Yves, her father.

 

 

Bordeaux Vintage Reports 2014

 

Vignobles Meynard, Chateau La Bourée (Cotes de Castillon) and Chateau l’Etoile de Clotte (Saint Emillion), Jean-François Meynard et Christelle Gauthier:

The 2014 vintage is an excellent vintage, the best since 2010 (according to Jean- François). The wines will be balanced, the  grapes were very ripe at harvest, and of excellent quality. Jean-François, vigneron for over 20 years, has never brought in such perfect cabernets franc and sauvignon. The harvests were a great moment for him.  2013 was a such a difficult year because of hail…….

We are happy to have in our cellar such lovely wines, that we hope will please everyone.