A few words from Adrien Bernard, commercial director at Domaine de Chevalier, on the 2019 vintage.
The growing season
A rather humid and mild spring with beautiful bright periods until 20 June.
Two frost episodes (13 April and 5-6 May) without damage at Domaine de Chevalier, Domaine de la Solitude and Château Lespault-Martillac. The efficiency of anti-freeze towers certainly contributed to this result.
At the end of July and early August, 44mm of rain revives the potential of this vintage. These rains are decisive for the quality of our 2019 vintage. The great hot and very dry weather in the first three weeks of September fully ripens the fruit.
From 9 September, the harvest of whites is in full swing, the Sauvignon is ripe, fresh, balanced and magnificent. The Semillon follows…
After 15 September, a new hot and dry period sets in. The red fruits take longer to ripen. The rain from 22 September was very welcome for the late maturity of the reds. The fruit regained a good balance: decreasing sugar and increasing acidity.
This blessed rain was really beneficial for the culmination of Merlot and saved the high phenolic quality potential of our Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Skin softens, sugar decreases and acidity rises. The desired and necessary balance for our great red wines is finally here.
The red harvest begins on 27 September and ends on 12 October. We had excellent quality in each red grape: fleshy and juicy Merlot; structured, ripe, spicy and delicious Cabernet Sauvignon; fruity, concentrated and energetic Petit Verdot.
The 2019 Vintage
In general, the yields of this 2019 vintage are quite good, around 45hl/ha. It is great in white and red. This is the strength of this vintage. The white wines show a great richness, fresh, balanced and suave. The red wines are very fruity, concentrated, dense with a lot of elegance and freshness in the tannins. The style is of a refined classic type.
The conduction of this sunny vintage required a very precise plot monitoring. We were able to manage these important moments when the right decisions made the difference. Our hard work and respect for the vineyard was rewarded. We harvested full, mature and balanced fruit, for a style that is ultimately classic, powerful, energetic, very refined and gourmand.
Read the full report: Bordeaux 2019 A Vintage Preview