Hail forces early start for Lafite as Cos takes a battering
5 Sep 2011 by Gavin Quinney
Gavin Quinney of Ch Bauduc reports from Bordeaux on an unscheduled start to the harvest for one of the world’s most famous estates, and the severe misfortune that fell on an illustrious neighbour. He will be posting further live updates of the Bordeaux 2011 harvest on his Twitter page .  ‘It’s an early vintage, and not an easy one', said Charles Chevallier, the director of Ch Lafite-Rothschild, as he checked the Cabernet Sauvignon from their parcel in St-Estèphe in his new harvest reception area. He certainly never thought that he’d be bringing in this late-ripening variety exactly one week before the Médoc...

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