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Bordeaux 2013 'uneven' but no disaster: Producers

Published on Feb 12, 2014 6:26 AM

BORDEAUX, Feb 11, 2014 (AFP) - Bordeaux's 2013 vintage will be variable in quality but is far from being the disaster it has been portrayed as, the president of a body representing top producers said on Wednesday.

Heavy rains during the critical spring flowering season and, for some producers, during the harvest made life tough for winemakers but Mr Olivier Bernard said quality would vary from property to property.

"It is no worse and no better than 2011 and 2012," said Mr Bernard, the president of the Union of Bordeaux grand cru producers (UGCB). "Not everyone had equal success, 'uneven' would be the best word to describe it."

Concern over the quality of the grapes at their disposal has led one prominent property, the cru bourgeois Château Malescasse, to decide not to release any wine this year. They declared the vintage as "deficient, with no ageing potential and at times mediocre". But Mr Bernard denounced that decision as a PR stunt by a property which, as a cru bourgeois, is officially ranked lower down the Bordeaux hierarchy than the UGCB members but, in practice, enjoys a better reputation and commands higher prices than many of them.

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