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Bordeaux harvest first results: 2012 vintage expected even better than 2011

 TAGS:Time heals everything but when it comes to wine, because in this case the time can do nothing to remedy something that is not good. In many places weather and time have made most of the crops get spoiled. However, it seems that not all have been disasters everywhere this year and Bordeaux area may hold surprises during harvest.

While it is true that the 2012?s rainy spring made us expect the worst, a situation that did not improve at all during the summer (with June and July much wetter than it was wished), the French winegrowers have great expectations given the first results.

The white grapes that have been collected in most Médoc area have the desired characteristics shown indications that, although the vintage conclude with lower volumes than it should, at least the product quality has not been weakened at all. Natural selection: the best strains have given it all and those others which were not as resistant have not been able to provide the maturity expected from their grapes.

As for the red, almost ten days ago younger Merlot vines started to be harvested and a little while after the process started also with the remaining grapes. Producers want to believe that this year?s production will exceed that of last year quality related but they have their sights set on getting even ahead of the two previous years, which gave us excellent wines.

We mortals have to wait a little longer for the verdict and to give our own. Meanwhile we can start accumulating reasons to review it properly by testing some other vintages of wines from this land, where there is plenty to choose from.

Those who can afford it should treat themselves by buying a Chateau Margaux 2005 or Château Léovile Poyferré 2006. 1997 is another of those vintages worthy of collection. For that matter, better one of each just in order to compare, right? 2005 and 2007 vintages allow more prudent wallets to enjoy the Bordeaux experience in its full splendor and without many regrets.

Although before buying, it is always advisable to read opinions and reviews from other consumers, as regarding French wines vintages have an important role but not as critical as the choice of Château, that is why it?s always good to inform yourself before deciding.


Pauillac, luxury in the Gironde left side

 TAGS:Water plays a decisive role on the development of Médoc grapes and their proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and their location, near the Gironde, set features and is probably the cause of that French wines from this region are the inspiration for all other wines of this country and some abroad. It is no coincidence that the region of Pauillac is precisely here.

It does not seem coincidental either that Pauillac is among the most prestigious wine regions around Bordeaux, just as Margaux, Saint Estèphe and Saint Julien are.

It must be something that all of them are also placed in a continuous line attached to the Gironde from North to South. It is easy to see that this small area of France gets the best of its climate and a positive influence of its privileged location, so close to freshwater and saltwater at the same time. That?s an interesting mix that gives very good results as we can see.

However, the main secret of the success of Pauillac is its soil hiding the gravel and clay under a layer of limestone and sand. It helps speed up the removal of excess water, both from rain and irrigation so that at no time the amount the stocks receive will be too much.

In these lands we can find Cabernet Franc, Merlot and especially, a lot of Cabernet Sauvignon which is the grape for excellence in the area. And they really know how to get its full potential in these terroirs. The excellent properties of Cabernet Sauvignon wines made in Pauillac make them a really good choice when it comes to improve with aging, a good reason for choosing this region among others in Bordeaux.

Although this wine region is divided in two by the existence of a small stream running through it, its production is one of the most homogeneous in terms of quality and features. That is another important point in favor of wine from Pauillac, especially when you consider that the lack of uniformity is one of the main drawbacks of French wines in general.

Of all the wine regions of France, Pauillac is one of my favorites because even though its wines have a clear character in Bordeaux which is noticeable, I find them a little more vibrant and woody than others, and those are some of the things that I look for when buying a good red wine.

 TAGS:Château Haut-Batailley 2008Château Haut-Batailley 2008

Velvety, fruity and with well rounded tannins, a great wine from 2008.

 TAGS:Château Grand Puy Ducasse Rouge 2008Château Grand Puy Ducasse Rouge 2008

One of the classiscs from Pauillac that keeps a good price