Médoc and Graves, 2012

2012 was a tricky year for Bordeaux and Europe’s vineyards in general, with difficult growing conditions (heavy rains and a fiercely hot summer) that some producers got to grips with while others didn’t.

It was therefore a winemaker’s vintage, with guarantees of quality coming from the majority of the grand châteaux who have the financial clout and manpower in the fields to deal with most conditions save perhaps a hurricane, and simply make smaller quantities of great wine in less successful years.

The Bordeaux growing season was so late that the later ripening Cabernet Sauvignon struggled to reach maturity and rains in October further compromised quality at the crucial moment pre-harvest.

Médoc and Graves, 2012

2012 was a tricky year for Bordeaux and Europe’s vineyards in general, with difficult growing conditions (heavy rains and a fiercely hot summer) that some producers got to grips with while others didn’t.

It was therefore a winemaker’s vintage, with guarantees of quality coming from the majority of the grand châteaux who have the financial clout and manpower in the fields to deal with most conditions save perhaps a hurricane, and simply make smaller quantities of great wine in less successful years.

The Bordeaux growing season was so late that the later ripening Cabernet Sauvignon struggled to reach maturity and rains in October further compromised quality at the crucial moment pre-harvest.

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