Claude Guitard picks white grapes in his vineyards at Chateau Nozieres in Vire-sur-Lot, in France's Cahors region. The experts' early verdict on the prospects for France's 2012 vintages are that there will be some beauties to be found—but you may first need to kiss a few toads. There will be some beauties to be found—but you may first need to kiss a few toads
Such, anyway, is the experts' early verdict on the prospects for France's 2012 vintages, after what has been a testing year marred by dismal harvests. Some regions report remarkable, though scarce, wines, and Bordeaux saw its hopes for another stellar vintage washed away by October rains. "It was complicated. We were eight to 10 days from a really great vintage. There was significant advantage for the Merlot and early-ripening terroirs. Pomerol will be magnificent," said Stephane Derenoncourt, a consulting winemaker. It all comes down to grape variety, terroir (a combination of soil, climate, grape and savoir-faire) and how well the grower managed the crop. "It's not an easy vintage to describe—there's a lot of variability," said Yann Le Goaster, director of the Federation des Grands Vins de Bordeaux...
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