Big moons, high tides and burgeoning vineyards – it’s harvest time. The 2019 crops are now being picked and sorted and, whilst Bordeaux looks to have returned to norm following 2018’s frost-hit vintage, early reports from the key Burgundy region of the Cote d’Or points to volumes possibly up to 40 per cent down on last year!
Louis Latour recently reported a bumper 2019 harvest in Macconais and Chablis – a great crop for white grapes, but news out today looks as though matters are very different for the top Burgundy Grand Crus.
Reports from two leading negociants indicate that this year’s challenging flowering season and hot summer have resulted in significantly reduced crops compared to 2018. CEO of Albert Bichot, Guillaume Deglise, commented in trade press that volumes may be down as much as 30 to 40 per cent in some areas.
A mild winter, followed by a very wet May resulted in uneven flowering in Burgundy. Dry summer months have created superbly concentrated grapes, but also a drastic reduction in volume.
In the key region of the Cote d’Or, the quality, according to Louis Latour’s Export Director, Bruno Pepin “is potentially excellent” but crops may be even smaller than 2016. The final numbers are yet to be validated but any impact on supply of these wines, which are already made in relatively low volumes, tends to have an impact on price.
Meanwhile, in Bordeaux, harvest of Merlot and the Cabernets is now underway and we await the first public comments from the top houses. Our visit last week to St Emilion saw the majority of the estates waiting for the key moment to send their teams into the vines – the tension was palpable!
We will keep you updated via our Newsletter, website and social media and call us on 0203 384 2262 for the very latest information on this year’s harvest.