Decanter magazine’s website reports that the the 2008 Bordeaux vintage harvest is underway as of the 4th of September. White varieties only at this stage, reds are 3-4 weeks away:
“Harvest dates all over the region are around two weeks behind usual, due to a lack of sunshine throughout the growing season. There is, however, generally less rot in the vineyards than last year, due to good weather in the last two weeks of August. But rain started falling again earlier this week.”
Fruit quality on the whites is looking good. We’ll have to see for the reds. Having spent much of the growing season in Bordeaux (see earlier report) I’m expecting them to be better than 2007, but not expecting a ripe concentrated vintage like 2000 or 2005 (and thankfuly nothing like 2003).
Look what The Weather Channel is forecasting, more mild Summer: