In 2012 our vineyards were unhappily plagued by capricious, disconcerting weather patterns throughout the growth period, namely spring frost, late flower, “grillure” (sun burn) and mildew followed by oïdium toward the end of the season. With...
In 2012 our vineyards were unhappily plagued by capricious, disconcerting weather patterns throughout the growth period, namely spring frost, late flower, “grillure” (sun burn) and mildew followed by oïdium toward the end of the season. With forty percent more rain than average, this year was, as far as the older generation of winegrowers can remember, the most stressful of all.
During the three months between mid-April and mid-July, not only half of the year’s total precipitation level had fallen, twenty-five different contaminating episodes had occurred.
The rootstock actually resisted quite well, while the grass left to grow between rows gave more cause for concern. June 12th marked the date of full flower with, in my opinion, good homogeneity depending on the sector.
The weather improved in mid-July, which seemed like a miracle considering the constant battle against the elements during three full months. However due to spring flower shatter and millerandage it was evident that production would be low for the third year in a row, in fact very low this year.
With the good weather and north wind of mid-August, it seemed the battle was finally over.
By early September the grapes had ripened sufficiently to raise the sugar level and lower acidity with the added benefit of concentrated fruit. The vineyard parcels that had been slow to mature early on had caught up. On September 20th, harvest began in ideal conditions: north wind, clear sky, cool weather.
The grape bunches arrived on the sorting table healthy and beautiful looking. What a relief! Although quantity-wise production was way down, the quality was splendid.
As a result 2012 has offered superb wines that rank among the great, if not very great vintages. The harmony of matter and precision is remarkable, boasting unbelievable quality even in the regional classification.
As you may know our children Mathilde and Hubert have joined forces with Marielle and me at the winery, which is stimulating and surely the start of a great new venture.