Friday, 11 September 2015

A harvest update from the Guinaudeaus

Posted by Tom Jenkins, Bordeaux Buyer

The récolte is well underway across France. Jacques and Sylvie Guinaudeau have kindly taken a few moments from their busy schedule to give us an update on the 2015 harvest.

‘On the 5th September we picked the first Semillon grapes from the 'Ambaud' parcel. The crop is of great maturity and the juice possesses a powerful fragrance and precision never before seen within Grand Village Blanc…

We have just finished picking the white grapes. We have taken advantage of the wonderful weather (cool nights and splendid, warm days) to harvest the rest of our Semillon and Sauvignon only in the mornings, which will help to retain freshness and allows the grapes to be transported in perfect condition.

The harvesting of the whites gives the team the ideal preparation so we will be 'all set' for the challenge ahead. 

After a dry and warm summer punctuated with some welcome rainfall in August, the vines are expressing themselves exceptionally. We should be starting to pick the Merlot for Lafleur very shortly…’