The Bordeaux barometer: Cool vs hot vintages

The Bordeaux barometer: Cool vs hot vintages

As technological advances make it easier to deal with variable weather conditions, Jane Anson assesses the impact of hot and cool vintages in Bordeaux and offers advice on what to buy – whatever the weather…

The Bordeaux barometer: Cool vs hot vintages

When you first learn about Bordeaux, you are told one very simple rule: this may be southwest France but it’s also a port city close to the Atlantic, and so has an oceanic climate. This fact governs the next rule, which is: because of the climate, Hot Years are good, and Cool Years are challenging.


Jane Anson is a Decanter contributing editor, Bordeaux correspondent and author of the book Bordeaux Legends.


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