Bordeaux 2010: quality very good but high alcohol & over-extraction a danger

on 05/10/10 at 9:03 am


Bordeaux 2010 continues to look of excellent quality, although there are increasing concerns over alcohol levels.

As the Merlot harvest continues in Bordeaux, and with the first Cabernet Sauvignon grapes due to be picked later this week, vignerons are in broad agreement the alcohol is ‘undeniably high’.

‘The skins of the grapes are so thick that in some places they still need time to soften,’ Jean-Francois Julien at La Fleur Morange in Saint Emilion told, ‘but the concern is that alcohol levels will get too high before they do so.

Some of the Merlots, he said, could reach 15.5% potential alcohol ‘or even higher’.

{Full story via Decanter}