Fu­ture Fron­tiers

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

Bordeaux re­searchers are cur­rently ex­per­i­ment­ing with 52 grape va­ri­eties to find ones that can pro­duce Bordeaux-style wines if cli­mate change sig­nif­i­cantly al­ters the re­gion’s grow­ing con­di­tions. The re­gion is ex­pect­ing in­creas­ingly wet, stormy win­ters and hot, dry sum­mers. Se­lected from warmer re­gions in Europe, grapes in­clud­ing touriga na­cional, xi­no­mavro and as­syr­tiko have been planted in an ex­per­i­men­tal par­cel in Pes­sacLéog­nan. Out of the 52 va­ri­eties, around 20 grapes have been se­lected for mi­cro-fer­men­ta­tion this year af­ter be­ing planted in 2009. How­ever, there’s go­ing to be a long wait be­fore those wines could hit the shelves, as re­searchers have to go through a se­ries of tests and reg­u­la­tory ap­provals.

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