Question: What are your summary observations on the 2022 Bordeaux crop?
Answer: This decade has started out with the first 3 harvests in Bordeaux producing less quantity than the 10 year averages. In 2022 every month the temperatures were higher and the rainfalll lower than usual – except in June for more rain that included bad hailstorms. July was very sunny and extremely dry (lowest since 1959) resulting in permission being granted for the unusual irrigation of the vines in Pessac-Leognan, Pomerol, and St. Emilion (plus their “satellite” appellations). It was one of the earliest harvests ever (whites starting August 16) though all grapes were picked in rather ideal conditions. Sauternes look very promising indeed. Quality is another issue but so far the reports have been quite encouraging. Also be aware of unlikely but possible smoke taint in the wines caused by those forest fires during the Summer near the wine regions. The Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGCB) holds the En Primeur tasting week April 20-27, 2023 so there will soon be lots of feedback and wine reviews on the 2022 vintage wines generated. Stay tuned.
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