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Bordeaux pre-harvest 2010 analysis by Philippe Dhalluin of Château Mouton Rothschild

Posted by panoskakaviatos, Sep 12, 2010.

Just came back from a visit to Bordeaux, where top enologists reported arid conditions in July and August, with heat stress in some cases blocking maturity of the grapes. Rain was needed, they said. Well, rain came – from 6-8 September. Will 2010 mirror 2009 with rain coming at just the right time? No rush to judgments, please, as we are still almost 3 weeks before the harvest, notes Philippe Dhalluin, winemaking director at Château Mouton Rothschild (and many other properties belonging to Baron de Rothschild SA, including Opus One in Napa Valley, Almaviva in Chile). Check out the links to decanter.com articles I co-wrote with Jane Anson and the video below. Furthermore, I noticed more wrinkled grapes in the vineyards this year than last year, and many Merlots were affected by shattering, so you will likely have lower amounts of fine Merlot in the blends: this is for Bordeaux in general, not Mouton Rothschild, which is basically mostly Cabernet Sauvignon from optimal soils.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_iQ...

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Reply by dmcker, Sep 12, 2010.

Nice interview, with good quality image. Might be good to wind-proof your microphone, though, since in one or two places Mouton's technical director's voice dropped below audible levels.

Can you provide links to your Decanter articles?

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Reply by outthere, Sep 12, 2010.

...and the video below.

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Sep 12, 2010.

Hey Panos,

Welcome to Snooth!

Great post, thanks for sharing it.

I owe you answer to your questions, which I will take care of shortly, but I'm on the road at the moment and they just slipped my mind.

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Reply by panoskakaviatos, Sep 12, 2010.

Cheers Gregory; thank you for getting back to me when you can.

I like the feel of Snooth.

Here the decanter.com articles:

Rain finally falls

Where's the rain?

 


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