Tasting: Hélène Durand, Michel Bettane, Louis-Victor Charvet, Thierry Desseauve and Denis Hervier

Faced with difficult weather in 2021, Bordeaux has rolled up its sleeves and kept its head high. Verdict? Pleasant wines, nice surprises, stunning wines, top wines. A cutting-edge viticulture that confirms its current good shape.

A vintage of challenges. Let’s summarise. Frost, rain. Everyone has in mind the historic frosts of 6, 7 and 8 April. Vegetation is ahead of schedule. Everywhere in France, the damage is significant.  As is often the case, the climate in Bordeaux helped limit the damage. The “water mass” of the estuary played its role. But, not surprisingly, the frosty sectors froze. On average, 30% damage. A better start of life for this new vegetative cycle could have been hoped for. The cold gave way to rain, which persisted throughout the spring, causing exhausting cryptogamic

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