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MAY 2023

MAY 2023

In Bordeaux, the climate turns towards that of the Mediterranean with abundant and frequent rains in the spring. We had taken care beforehand to work the soils in depth in order to avoid the erosion of the clay humic layer of surface and to allow the rains a good penetration in the ground to recharge the water tables.

... In May do what you like, but don't forget to spray before the rain!

For the phytosanitary treatments, we had to juggle between the French holiday and the water reduction forecasts...
Because neither the vines nor the rain, alas, stick to 35 hours a week and do not benefit from days off... A real race against time...

The result is magnificent : green vines and multiple flower buds ready to bloom...

May is also the month of the first “primeur” ratings of the 2022 vintage by journalists.

Here are some initial results:

Rating 91-92
« Medium-bodied with fruity character. Creamy and ripe with velvety tannins. Structured and lengthy.»
James Suckling - Tasting « Primeurs »

Rating 90-92
« Ripe black cherries, chalky minerality, blueberries, and spring flowers emerge from the 2022 Château Fougas Maldoror, a medium-bodied, elegant Côtes de Bourg based on 75% Merlat and 25% Cabernet Franc. The balance is spot-on, and it has terrifie purity as well as ripe, integrated tannins. »

Rating 90-91
We have a 2022 with firm, velvety and tasty tannins with a nice final rebound.”
On a un 2022 au tannin ferme, velouté et savoureux doté d’un joli rebond final.
Tasting primeurs 2023 - Bettane+Desseauve

Rating 93-94
“Biodynamic cultivation for Fougas Maldoror. Lots of finesse and freshness in the bouquet of Fougas Maldoror. Inviting fruity and spicy notes complemented by mineral notes. The wine is creamy, silky and carried by compact tannins with very fine grains. We really feel the limestone freshness through chalky notes and an energizing salinity! A brilliant wine to discover. »
Culture biodynamique pour Fougas Maldoror. Beaucoup de finesse et de fraîcheur dans le bouquet de Fougas Maldoror. Invitantes notes fruitées et épicées complétées par des notes minérales. Le vinest crémeux, soyeux et porté par des tannins compacts aux grains très fins. On ressent bien la fraîcheur calcaire au travers de notes crayeuses et d'une salinité énergisante ! Un vin brillant à découvrir à tout prix.
Yves Beck Glou-Glou Blog

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