Denis Dubourdieu is a professor at the University of Bordeaux and a top oenologist. He is also a consultant, scientist, owner and wine maker of Doisy Daene and Clos Floridene. He is very well positioned to comment on the quality of the 2011 Bordeaux vintage, or at least on the prevailing climatic conditions that largely dictate what the individual winemakers at the various Chateaux can work with.
Courtesy of Pierre-Eric Sabatier of Cordier Mestrezat, one of the main Bordeaux Negociants, we are pleased to share with you Professor Dubourdieu's report on Bordeaux 2011. It is an exceptionally detailed report, across the regions, of all the major conditions that determine the quality of a vintage.
Do read it and draw your own conclusions but in a nutshell, here are Denis' conclusions: "Astonishing dry white wines, less even quality for red wines than in 2009 or 2010, but many excellent and great Sauternes and Barsac"
The UGC tastings are in just over 2 weeks and it is expected that the Bordeaux 2011 En Primeur campaign will kick off shortly after, possibly with the 1st Growths coming out first.
As of yet, there is not much buzz around this new vintage but that wil likely change. Having said that, Robert Parker will go out to Bordeaux next week to taste the barrel samples. If we have to believe his rather controversial, unprofessional and SHOUTING message on Twitter yesterday, he's not terribly excited: "HEADING BACK TO BORDEAUX NEXT WEEK TO TASTE 2011s-ABSOLUTELY NO INTEREST IN THIS VINTAGE IF MY instincts are correct". But let's not go there, that is a story in itself.
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Enjoy the report.