Médoc and Graves, 2011

2011 was an average to good Bordeaux vintage, following two excellent vintages in 2009 and 2010.

It was a tricky growing season across the region with early heat and drought, then heavy rains resulting in some uneven ripening, rot and consequently low yields. Generally, wines lacked alcohol and were high in tannins, but as ever, those producers with the skills, extra desire and/or financial resources made some good wines. Careful Fruit handling in the cellar was also crucial due to the high concentration and tannin – so as not to extract too much of either – and those of good practice made wines of freshness and elegance with cellar potential. 2011 will be defined as a mixed ‘winemaker’s’ vintage.

On the Left Bank, the later ripening Cabernet Sauvignon in the upper Médoc areas of Pauillac and St.-Julien ripened really well and made some excellent wines, due to more hang time, great drainage (on gravel soils), skill and fiscal spend.

Meanwhile, the real success story was the sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac, which excelled in the warm period and then wet weather, perfect for the development of botrytis

Médoc and Graves, 2011

2011 was an average to good Bordeaux vintage, following two excellent vintages in 2009 and 2010.

It was a tricky growing season across the region with early heat and drought, then heavy rains resulting in some uneven ripening, rot and consequently low yields. Generally, wines lacked alcohol and were high in tannins, but as ever, those producers with the skills, extra desire and/or financial resources made some good wines. Careful Fruit handling in the cellar was also crucial due to the high concentration and tannin – so as not to extract too much of either – and those of good practice made wines of freshness and elegance with cellar potential. 2011 will be defined as a mixed ‘winemaker’s’ vintage.

On the Left Bank, the later ripening Cabernet Sauvignon in the upper Médoc areas of Pauillac and St.-Julien ripened really well and made some excellent wines, due to more hang time, great drainage (on gravel soils), skill and fiscal spend.

Meanwhile, the real success story was the sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac, which excelled in the warm period and then wet weather, perfect for the development of botrytis

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  1. Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2011

    Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2011

    Saint-Julien, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2040
    Reviewer Rating: 94 - Wine Spectator

    “This rich, medium to full-bodied St.-Julien is among the most concentrated wines of the Medoc. Moderate tannin is sweet and well-integrated..." Robert Parker

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