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2009 Icewine harvest; how's it going?

Dwayne Perreault − Here in Europe, we are experiencing one of the coldest winters in recent memory. All this snow and ice makes me think... of icewine! 2009, by all accounts, should be an excellent year for this highly prized (and priced) nectar.

I assume you know what icewine is, and how it’s made. If not, I wrote an article (in Dutch) which you can read here. I also wrote a piece for this blog on a Canadian sparkling icewine.

It’s not easy to make icewine. More than anything, you are dependant on the weather. You need to have healthy grapes which are untouched by botrytis, and you may only harvest when the temperature reaches -7° C. At this point, the water in the grapes is frozen, which results in a much lower yield but a higher concentration of sugars, acidity and extract. Rot and predation by birds and animals are major problems, and vinification is difficult and lengthy, This helps to explain why real icewines are never cheap, but a good one is worth every cent. I sell the delicio…

Jane Anson on Bordoverview

Since this month English wine journalist Jane Anson has her own column "JA" on Bordoverview, an interesting addition to this Bordeaux primeurs overview.

Jane Anson, Bordeaux correspondent for decanter.com, offers a fresh view besides the more established names such as Robert Parker and Jancis Robinson.

To illustrate that I will pick out two interesting ratings:

Château du Tertre 2008, Margaux. Despite the developments (since 2007 Frédéric Ardouin is making the wines at Du Tertre, before that he was technical director of Latour) Parker obviously doesn't like the wine (83-85/100). Robinson is more positive "(...) Very pretty texture – not forced. Reminds of du Tertre’s style. Neat. Complete, but a bit forward. (...) (16/20)" But Anson is truly enthusiastic: "Rich, deep, velvety at every stage. Lovely weight of fruit, and this has managed to extract the firm blackcurrant and blackberries without being harsh or overly tannic. Like this one enormously. 92/100"…

Looking back on the year 2009

A new posting after a short break. I enjoy blogging, but it takes a lot of time. And with the growing importing business it is sometimes hard to find this time. Fellow (ex-)blogger Peter Liem recently quit his great Besotted Ramblings blog after 333 posts, saying "it has become too much to keep up with" (see his last posting). I'm only at 140 postings so will have to continue for a while.

And I have to: the Bordeaux primeurs frenzy will arrive soon, and like previous years I will write about that. By the way, if you wish to follow the Bordeaux 2009 developments even more closely, follow me on Twitter.

Another reason for my short break was the last posting, the backstage view on Bordeaux 2009 written by Belle-Vue technical director Vincent Bache-Gabrielsen, which I wanted to keep in the spotlight as long as possible. If you are reading this, you've probably seen it. What makes it interesting is that it talks about Bordeaux 2009 in - technical - detail, and not just in g…