Bordeaux’s Annus Mirabilis

“Perfect weather” means that 2009 is likely to be a great vintage for the wines of Bordeaux. The Telegraph reports:

“‘Nature has been extremely generous, it is sumptuous,’ said Denis Dubourdieu, director of the Bordeaux Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences and a renowned winemaker. ‘It’s difficult to find comparisons, you have to go back to the climatology of the [19]40s to find, perhaps, comparable conditions,’ he added.”

A mix of fine days and cool, dry nights in the final days before grape picking began last month has topped off a season marred only by violent hailstorms in May that wiped out about 15 percent of the year’s crop.

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