Conflicting reports have been issued about this vintage, particularly by the major French companies. That’s what happens when PR decisions are made a long way away from the vineyards, such is the speed of change this year.
It is true that changeable weather since the spring has had sudden and unpredictable consequences.
We are therefore bringing you our perspective on the vintage and an initial technical and objective analysis.
The 2018 vintage is characterised by variability due, of course, to negative weather events – hail, frost and excess rain – but also to a series of positive climate data regarding sunshine that has been widely reported by the press, and that is the heat wave.