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Bordeaux test

Published:  09 October, 2012

Bordeaux's harvest is getting underway, although many properties are reporting delays of up to three weeks.


Cold and damp weather earlier in the growing season delayed flowering, while a lack of rain in August and September compounded problems. But the arrival of an Indian summer, complete with light winds, has meant grapes are now ripening well and not suffering too much from disease pressure.
At Château Preulliac in Haut Médoc, consultant Fréderic Massie told Harpers that the harvest would be two weeks late, but added that the biggest difficulty was in ensuring quality. He said younger vines had suffered with stress during the dry period as their shallower roots could not reach the water. "2008 was the latest harvest," he said, adding, "maybe it will be as late as 2008."