Question: What do you think the future prospects look like for having a fab vintage in Bordeaux in 2024?
Answer: That is looking way too far ahead for me to predict what Mother Nature will be giving us in any vineyard during this brand new year. My crystal ball is foggy. Certainly global warming will be a continuing important factor in the 2024 vintage results – both with the good and bad aspects of that.
Hard to know whether increasing mildew in Bordeaux as we saw in 2023 will repeat itself or whether other important issues such as frost, hail, rainfall, forest fires and the like may adversely influence the grape crop. The brilliant know how and expertize of the wineries in dealing with all these farming problems gives us reasons to be optimistic. Remember that each vintage is unique to itself. However, if I had to make an educated guess right now I would tend to be rather pessimistic because historically vintages ending in “4” have not been the outstanding ones. Check out Bordeaux years of 2014, 2004, 1994, 1984, and 1974. Continue to monitor conditions until harvest of all developments.
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