The Ideal Wine Company has recently learned that due to the heatwave that currently holds France within its steely grip, wine growers expect 2015 to be a standout year for French wine.
France has been heralded as one of the best wine producers in the world for centuries. This is partially because some of its most famous wine producing regions, such as Bordeaux and Champagne, enjoy the warm, even Mediterranean climates, that grapes need to thrive on the vine.
The year of 2015 has been no ordinary year for France. The country has spent the last few months living under the gruelling yoke of a blazing heatwave. The Daily Mail reported that July 2015 was France’s third hottest July since 1990; cutting the rainfall it usually receives in the seventh month of the year by more than half, according to French meteorologists.
Best conditions since 2005
This may lead you to believe that 2015 will be a terrible year for French wine. However, a Telegraph article recently revealed that the UK’s southern neighbour is currently heading for a “near perfect, even idyllic” grape harvest.
Gavin Quinney, a wine grower and commentator in Bordeaux, explained why he believes 2015 will be a standout year for Bordeaux wine. He commented: “We had really good weather at the all-important flowering season at the end of May and beginning of June when the grapes are formed. We had some nice rain mid-June, which provided welcome refreshment, then mid-July to early August was really dry, and we had rain last weekend.”
The head of the wine growing associations of Indre-et-Loire and Sarthe, Guillaume Lapaque, added that “we prefer drought to excess water.” This is because dry weather destroys the powdery mildew that has been known to deplete grape harvests in rainier years. The technical director of the Chateau Fonréaud and Chateau Lestage wineries, commented that France is currently enjoying its best wine growing conditions “since 2005.”
Sample a 1990 vintage
However, the famous red wines of Bordeaux won’t be harvested until September. This is why Quinney also commented that he isn’t celebrating just yet. The commentator added that “most of us sit there with our fingers crossed and won’t say anything until the fat lady sings and harvest is over.”
Quinney also said that “it is a fact to date that all vintages ending in zero and five have been great since 1985 and most of those have been dry years,” so why don’t you give his theory a try? Buy the Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1990 from the Ideal Wine Company today, and find out for yourself what wonders you can expect from France’s 2015 vintage?