A few words from Matthieu Richard, Technical Director at Château Badette on the 2019 vintage
The 2019 growing season was incredibly dry and hot. How did you cope with the drought and heat spikes and other climatic pressures during the growing season?
The season wasn't too dry; it was tempered.
Rainfall was quite localised during veraison in Bordeaux in 2019. Were there any specific climatic episodes that affected veraison and/ or harvest and how did you cope with these?
We didn't have any excessive rain. The growth and veraison was homogeneous.
Tannins play such a vital and defining role in the quality of Bordeaux red wines. How did you manage tannin extraction in 2019 – was this normal or modified based on the vintage?
We extracted tannins with pumping over and pumping down.
Can you tell us about the specific blend you used for the 2019 vintage?
The blend is 80% merlot, 15% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot
Can you tell us about the final wine?
Fine wines are made with intuition and feeling. Badette has a very steady quality since 2014.
How does 2019 compare to other vintages?
This year vintage is characterised by his freshness and its expression of fruits. It will be one of Badette greatest millesime.
How did the different grapes reacted to the climate changes during the growth season?
Very well; Badette is a great terroir and as such support very well the changes in climatic conditions
Bordeaux is going through an ecological and environmental change. What are your initiatives on that side?
We built a new cellar. In 2015, the vineyard was replanted with 80% new grapes.
Read the full report: Bordeaux 2019 A Vintage Preview