2015 heat sparks memories of 2003

10th August, 2015 by Gabriel Stone

A July heatwave across much of northern Europe has led several winemakers to draw comparisons with the notoriously hot 2003 vintage.

Although many regions still have at least a month to go until harvest, the 2015 vintage looks set to be shaped by the hot, dry summer conditions that followed what was for several regions a slow, cool start to the growing season.

“The scorching heat in July was highly reminiscent of 2003,” remarked Julien Brocard of Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard in Chablis. “The vines have now gone without rain for over a month and a half.”

As a result of these extreme conditions, Brocard confirmed that the estate had brought forward its provisional harvest date by just over two weeks to 10 September.

Hoping for some rain in….

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One Response to “2015 heat sparks memories of 2003”

  1. Guillemet says:

    So far, the vines on good soils didn’t suffer from the current drought. Véraision is progressing very well, accelerated by the rain of last weekend (16 mm in Margaux). In terms of temperature, nothing similar to 2003 till now. so far, the vines have gone on perfect tracks.

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