Toscana 2015 by Andrea Franchetti

Toscana 2015 by Andrea Franchetti

 A long harvest at Val d'Orcia September 17 A yellow color is in the air in the Val d'Orcia, and the days have become solemn: autumn! Ripeness is entering the grapes; wine is made from fruit when it has changed it's taste a few times at the very end of its course; every year at this time I start walking the vineyards to taste the merlot, which ripens before the other grapes. Each year is different and it will take me a few days to understand where we are. I think that after tomorrow…Read more
Vallée du Rhône 2015 by Michel Tardieu

Vallée du Rhône 2015 by Michel Tardieu

Vintage in "5", vintage which bring good luck. Often... Spell of the years in «5»? The fact is that, in recent decades, Vintages ending in «5» –1985, 1995, 2005, and 2015– , carry success stories, in Vallée du Rhône, but also, more generally, in the whole of the Vineyards of France. It must be said that 2015 put the odds on its side, with almost optimal climatic conditions for each and every season of the year! Thus, winter is rainy, allowing vines to benefit from good water reserves. Spring awakening is somewhat late…Read more
Bordeaux 2015 by Vieux Château Certan

Bordeaux 2015 by Vieux Château Certan

Gentle strength This year, everything combined to make the vintage a success: superb weather allied to a mature vineyard enabled an outstanding vintage. A cool and sufficiently rainy winter, followed by a magnificent spring, brought about a quick and homogeneous budding of the vines. A good flowering followed, helped by fine weather at the end of May and beginning of June. Hot weather during July brought a substantial water deficit in the vineyard. This amazing summer period caused the skins of the grapes to thicken and along with fine end-of-the-season weather this enabled…Read more
Bordeaux 2015 by Bordeaux Vins Sélection

Bordeaux 2015 by Bordeaux Vins Sélection

A Great Vintage After the complications of the three previous years, we had waited impatiently for a vintage such as this. Thanks to the unusually perfect climatic conditions, we had everything we required from bud-break to harvest. The sunshine and the dryness allowed little chance for illnesses to take hold. Such a level of enthusiasm, as much for the quality as for the excellent volume harvested, hadn’t been seen from the winemaking community for a long time. From Saint-Emilion to Saint-Estèphe passing by the Graves, smiles returned to faces. 2015 is assuredly a…Read more