Wine is something that the French greatly pride themselves in, and if you visit France for any period of time, you really should take advantage of the opportunity to taste some of the best wines in the world. Vintage years play an important role in determining the quality of a bottle of wine - the particular weather conditions and harvest yield from a specific year play heavily into the nuances and character of the resulting spirit and wines from a "good year" are highly valued among sommeliers.
That being said, 2015 has been considered one of the best in recent years when it comes to Bordeaux's wines. Bordeaux is one of the more famous wine producing regions, with its acres upon acres of ancient vineyards, so the premium grape-growing conditions this year have generated quite a lot of excitement.
What Makes a Good Vintage?
There are a number of factors that contributed to the superior grape harvest in Bordeaux this year. First, July was incredibly warm - "scorching hot" according to many of the people that have lived in the area for years. The heat helped the grapes to thrive as they developed and August yielded high amounts of rain to boost the grape's maturation. This allowed the grapes to grow unusually large, the skins to become incredibly thick, and the resulting amount of nutrients and flavors from the wine are better than they've ever been before. Many people estimate that, as it ages, this year's wine harvest will become one of the best vintages in decades!
The red wine is slated to be the best of the Bordeaux wines. There are many types of red wines produced in the region including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Franc. Many of these wines are what are referred to as blended wines, because they have traits of several different types of wines. These unique blends make them especially delicious and unique when compared to other types from around the world. The chance to have a glass of red wine from Bordeaux is truly an opportunity to have some of the finest you will ever taste.
Wine Tourism in Bordeaux
What does that mean for those who are traveling to the Bordeaux region in the near future? If you've been in the area before, then you know that 2005 and 2010 were years that wine tasters loved because of similar circumstances, and many believe that 2015 has been even better in terms of the wine grape crop. If you're traveling near Bordeaux (or really, anywhere in France) and you have the opportunity to try some of this year's Bordeaux wine, do not hesitate! Wine lovers come from around the world to sample the wine from this iconic region and experiencing such a renowned indulgence is a quintessential part of the French cultural heritage.
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