Brief but heavy storms have disastrous to dampen Bordeaux winemakers' optimism for the 2014 red wine harvest, as facts show producers across France plot to increase yields to compensate for shortfalls last year.
Up to 17mm of rain fell across Bordeaux on Wednesday nighttime (17 September). A Small amount of hail fell on Entre-Deux-Mers on Thursday afternoon, but no significant hurt was reported.Bordeaux has otherwise loved some of its hottest days of the year in the past link of weeks, and the Merlot harvest is due to start as plotted, starting largely next week.Temperatures on Thursday daylight hit around 18 degrees celsius by 10am, said consultant Antoine Medeville, of Oenoconseil. ‘The soil was already drying out. Forecasts of localised storms for next week might be more troublesome, but for now optimism remains for an abundant and excellent quality harvest,’ he told Decanter.com.Officials expect Bordeaux’s 2014 harvest to be up http://1000-facts-about-wine.com to 50% larger than the weather-hit 2013 vintage.The sparkling wine harvest for cremant Bordeaux is already finished, and most Sauvignon Blanc is finishing up, with Semillon fully underway in the dry colorless regions. In Sauternes and Barsac, Aline Bayly of Chateau Coutet said September has been an ideal combination of mist and heat.In the Medoc, Chateau Cos d’Estournel plans to start picking merlot around 25 September, while fellow Saint Estephe estate Chateau Montrose started picking its young merlot vines on 15 September for the earliest-ripening terroirs. ‘This year the flowering was quick and even, and a warm and sunny September has meant that these early-ripening soils are now perfect for harvesting to ensure we keep the aromatic freshness of the grapes,’ said director Herve Berland. Vignobles Dourthe expects to start picking its red grapes at Chateau La Garde and Chateau Rahoul in Pessac Leognan and Graves between 22 to 27 September and are reporting ‘lots of colour and healthy grapes,’ according to technical director Frederic Bonnaffous.Producers across many parts of http://1000-facts-about-wine.com France have been hoping for a larger harvest this year to cover 2013 shortfalls. The country’s National Institute of Appellations (INAO) said producers have requested permission to raise yields above official appellation limits in some areas.