By 2050, Bordeaux wines will be more fruity and less alcoholic, says a Bordeaux oenologist.
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The Bordeaux oenologist, whose name is Pascal Chatonnet, believes that by 2050, if the temperature in the Bordeaux region rises by 2 to 4 degrees, then Bordeaux wines could become completely unrecognizable.
Pascal Chatonnet planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grape varieties in the warmer southern region of France based on the 2050 climate temperatures, after which he blended the two grape varieties to make a wine that approximates the 2050 vintage.
As a result, he found the wine, which approximates the 2050 vintage, to be soft, sweet, and full of ripe fruit on the nose.
Although warmer climates usually add more alcohol, the influence of ripening grapes resulted in an even lower alcohol level of 13.5 degrees for this 2050 vintage, compared to the usual 14-15 degrees for Bordeaux wines.