Bordeaux 2022 preliminary rating:
Dry white wines and Sauternes: 3.5 & 3.5/5
Bordeaux 2022 summary: Unprecedented hot and dry conditions led to small yields, highly concentrated wines with big tannin potential. Some vines suffered in the drought but many grapes adapted early on and, with careful and sensitive viticulture, were able to stay active and green until harvest with small but healthy berries. Picking dates and gentle extraction were crucial with varied strategies for vinifications and preserving acidity. Where successful, the best examples show surprising freshness and supreme charm with a large number of wines that are both immensely appealing and approachable but will also age.
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With any new Bordeaux vintage there’s the inevitable hype – it’s the most scrutenised wine region in the world with more than 7,000 people coming this April to taste, rate and give their opinions on the new wines.
The year presented never-seen-before climatic conditions, with ‘earliest ever’ harvests, and nail bitting decisions throughout the year regarding vineyard management, cover crop usage, deleafing strategies, picking dates, maceration lengths and temperatures and ultimately the preparation of primeur samples – many the final blends but not all.
Invariably there are differences in consensus with stylistic preferences taken into account, context of estate improvement and quality compared to recent vintages, as well as wines changing depending on age of sample and environmental conditions, but 2022 has produced some genuinely unbelieveable wines that are worthy of hyperbole.