August review – Smallest harvest in France? 10 things to bear in mind

August has been busy and it’s always more fun having family to stay when the weather’s good. Just as importantly, it has been lovely and sunny for the vines, other than some rain yesterday and a storm last Sunday. (Some poor growers over the river Garonne at Podensac in the Graves were treated to a very localised, half-hour hailstorm.)

The whites are already being brought in this week by leading Bordeaux estates, like Château Haut Brion and Château Margaux, and by some ’petits châteaux’ that are closer to home, like Château Reynon. It’s an early vintage, as we’ve said before, and we’ll be kicking off soon at Bauduc. We will keep you posted as you might imagine. It’s all very exciting, what with three new parcels of red vines coming into production for the first time this year. Meanwhile we’re still trying to work out the logistics of how to harvest the frost-damaged blocks which have so few bunches. Onwards and upwards.

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  • Telegraph Wine of the Week – “Class act”
  • Our trip to Ypres for the Centenary

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