RSJ's 30th anniversary: 1980-2010

2010 was a very special year for us as the RSJ Restaurant celebrated its 30th year. We held a number of special events through the year to mark our 30th birthday.

36th Year: 1980-2016

Another milestone with events happening during our 36th anniversary year.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bordeaux 2009: promising so far

23rd August 2009: ripening bunch in the vineyards of Pichon-Longueville

The RSJ is not known for paying too much attention to Bordeaux. However spending last weekend with friends in Pauillac did give me a chance to have a look at how the grapes are looking towards the end of August. Unfortunately vintages throughout France are often judged as good or bad by what happens in Bordeaux. Crazy, of course, but true!

23rd August 2009: grapes@Pichon-Longueville

This is the third successive year that I have spent the weekend around the 20th-22nd in Pauillac. There is absolutely no doubt that the grapes are looking far better at this stage than they have in the previous two vintages with ripening further advanced and more even than in 2008 and 2007. Much can still go wrong – three weeks of continuous rain, for example. We are now getting to the 'squeaky bum' stage of the vintage year in the memorable words of Sir Alex Ferguson when talking about the finale to the football league season. So close and yet so far if the weather turns against you. However if the weather holds up, it is reasonable to think that there is the prospect of a very good vintage in the Médoc in 2009.

23rd August 2009: ripening grapes@Lynch-Bages

19th August 2007: uneven ripening at Château Lynch-Bages

In 2007 the grapes were well behind and ripening at an uneven rate – a mix of green and black grapes. What a contrast to 2009 where it has recently been hot and dry. In 2008 at this time the vineyards were saturated with water like an enormous sponge!

21st August 2008: Château Pichon-Longueville (above and below)

Much less advanced than 2009 and more patchy ripening

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