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A series of blogs for Cult Wines, the fine wine investment company.


Bordeaux 2015: Is Bordeaux benefiting from global warming?

With excellent growing conditions in Bordeaux last year, and some disappointing vintages of late, the unveiling of 2015 has been eagerly awaited. And advance tastings have only caused excitement levels to rise further.

Denis Dubourdieu, winemaker and professor of wine at the University of Bordeaux, told The Independent: “I don’t think there can be any doubt. This will be an exceptional year, in line with memorable years like 2009 and 2005.”

“Everything about the growing season last year was perfect. And from what I’ve seen at the wine-making stage and in the barrel later on, this is going to be a wonderful vintage.”

Last year, Bordeaux had the highest temperatures and the most sunshine since records began – conditions even better than those in the legendary wine-making years of 1921 and 1947.

From the warm sunshine as the vines flowered, to the dry weather as the grapes grew and a small amount of rain as they ripened, nature was perfectly in tune with the wine-making process.