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Get it here <link>. Always an excellent read. Click on to part 2 for the French regions.

Bordeaux soundbite:

“The grapes were harvested very late this year, with extremely low yields and very high alcohol and a balance of good acidity,” said Jean-Guillaume Prats, head of Cos-d’Estournel in St.-Estephe. “At Cos, it is the smallest yield per hectare ever (apart from 1991, a frost vintage). This vintage could be a blend of 2002 and 1988.”


“Early reports suggest Chardonnay is more successful than Pinot Noir. The white grapes were healthier and the botrytis-affected Pinot Noir required diligent sorting. However, 2008 is a year where generalizations won’t apply and the results will vary not only from grower to grower, but also from parcel to parcel.”


“The Southern Rhône’s string of outstanding vintages since 1998 (save for 2002) may have come to an end in 2008, a difficult growing season marked by cool, rainy weather and a very small crop.”

But don’t take my word for it, get the whole story at the WS site .

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