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Bordeaux '18 Vintage Helped by `Driest September in 60 Years,' Bernard Says

October 22, 2018

The Bordeaux 2018 vintage was defined by spring rain and summer heat and resulted in a ``lovely concentration of fruit'' for the cabernet sauvignon vines that form the backbone for so much of the region's wine, according to Olivier Bernard, whose family owns Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Leognan.

Bordeaux grapes. Photo: Guy Collins 
 

``2018 was a vintage with two periods,'' he said at a London tasting of the 2016 vintage organized by the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux on Oct. 16. ``A very wet period until the end of July, and very dry after July. It was the driest September we had in the last 60 years.'' 

``We can already tell you we have a great vintage,'' he said. The lack of rain meant that for the vines there was ``concentration, concentration, concentration. Incredible!''

 

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