with our wine correspondent Cormac Power, proprietor of The Fat Angel Restaurant, Cathedral Square, Waterford
FOR many of us Bordeaux represents tradition and conservatism over modernization. The slow-moving pace of the Bordelaise is something we have come to know and love. This is after all one of the reasons they make great wine; or is it. Forever we have known the red varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot but all that is about to change, perhaps. Climate change has forced its hand on the world’s most famous wine region as new grape varieties will be permitted to combat the climate change threat. It should come as no surprise that properties recently purchased by foreign investors are the first to grasp this opportunity. Amazingly this could involve the pulling up of some established vines in favour of varieties more commonly seen in Portugal for example. As it gets hotter in Bordeaux, they are seeking varieties that will suit the region in the future. This will of course affect both viticulture and viniculture. The appellation control rules may also be loosened to admit the use of irrigation systems in a further attempt to combat warming conditions. It’s all up in the air at the moment but you can only imagine what Bordeaux wine will taste like in the future.
Wine of the Week:
Chateau Potensac 2015 Medoc Bordeaux: Made from a blend of 45% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Cabernet Franc, this wine has earthy cassis notes along with a lot of liquorice at the back.