Blatch on 2008 - the vines
29 Jan 2009 by Bill Blatch
2008: yet another turnaround vintage Nobody's going to believe it, and I'm not making this up, but 2008 in Bordeaux is rather a good vintage. Yet, meteorologically, 2008 looks to be the identical twin vintage of 2007: each month's temperatures and rainfall figures are about the same and show clearly that both vintages started with a mild winter, continued into a wet spring, had a mediocre dull and damp summer, and were then saved by a miraculous last-minute turnaround in the form of a glorious autumn. And, in addition, 2008 was the second La Niña year running, the second year running to reverse the...

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