Danger of unripe wines in Bordeaux if no rain by Sept. 10

on 07/09/10 at 4:53 pm


If Bordeaux does not have rain by 10 September, top consultant Jacques Boissenot may advise clients to pick at less than full phenolic maturity – causing a risk of greenness in the wines.

Many winemakers however are far more optimistic that there will be no bloquage of maturity.

Boissenot, who with his son Eric consults for 180 mainly left-bank properties including Latour, Lafite Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild, Margaux, Ducru-Beaucaillou, Leoville-las-Cases, Pichon Longueville and Pichon Comtesse, Leoville Barton, Gruaud Larose, Cos d’Estournel and Rauzan Segla, said conditions in July and August have been ‘desert-like’ with vines suffering from heat stress.

{Full story via Decanter}