After a very humid winter, heavy frosts on the 27th of April caused severe damages, especially for the Premiers Crus and Grands Crus appellations. A dull, cold and rainy spring, halted the restart of the vines. However, in June, the vine caught up and the flowering unfolded in a good way. July and August are dry and the heat sets in from the 14th of July, to reach temperature around 30°C until the first days of September. We started harvesting on the 26th of September, with a sunny and warm weather.
The harvest is small but the grapes are very ripe and healthy. The wines they produced are today colorful and rich. 2016 is a vintage full of surprises, at the same time different and a beautiful challenger of the 2015 vintage. It will charm the lovers of great wines that respect the personality of their vintage.
This was an early ripening year, with fast blooming flowers, nice bunch setting, a long heat wave and a very dry summer. As a result, the vineyard produced small grapes with thick skins.
Plenty of rainfall, between the 10th and 20th of August, allowed us to obtain decent yields. The fruit was picked from the 3rd to the 11th of September, under sunny skies. The temperature was around 25 degrees and there was a pleasant breeze. Boasting excellent maturity and perfect pH levels, this will be a great year as the wines are powerful.
Winter was rainy, and the springtime hot and dry. Thanks to the heat of the month of June, the vineyard bloomed very quickly. The month of July was very humid, and nice weather appeared around the middle of August. Early September was warm and sunny, with mild night-time temperatures. The harvest took place from the 12th to the 19th of September.
The wines: They are surprising, with good tannins. At once tasty and flattering, they display all of the elegance, associated with the Pinot Noir variety.
The temperatures were unusually high for the season during the months of March and April. The vines displayed early and regular growth. But a 3-week cold spell appeared during the month of June. As a result, the vine’s growing cycle slowed down. The summer was wet and humid, and fine weather did not show up until the 10th of September. It did however last for 3 weeks, thereby helping the grapes to ripen.
The harvest started on the 3rd of October and lasted 10 days, during a cool and humid period.
The wines: Despite difficult weather conditions, we discovered great things in 2013. Indeed, the tannins were supple, silky and well-ripened. Concentrated red berries come to the fore. This is a good year that can be enjoyed in its youth, as it is very flattering, and thanks to its nice acidity, it can also be aged for many years to come.
Unusual springtime weather Spring arrived early in 2012, resulting in a quick bud burst around the middle of April. This was followed by a cold spell, which in turn slowed down the growing cycle. Cold and humid weather conditions persisted during the flowering period. This situation produced shattered grape berries, thereby reducing the size of the harvest. The full flowering of the vineyard occurred around June 12, suggesting that the crush would take place at the end of September.
Beneficial conditions at the end of summer
From the end of June through to mid July, high rainfall threatened to cause mildew. As a result, we had to carefully monitor the state of our vines to eliminate the development of diseases. Thankfully the weather finally improved however cold night-time temperatures led to cases of oidium. Here again, we had to regularly intervene in the vineyard to maintain the high standard of quality of our grapes. At the end of August, the return of fine weather conditions allowed the fruit to ripen in a healthy environment.
Quality fruit, offering the prospect of an excellent vintage
Picking began on September 22, marked by unfavorable weather conditions. However, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the harvest. Little sorting was required and many bunches had shot berries. As it turns out, the grapes’ natural sugar levels were very high and their tannins were well-ripened. The first analyses from the laboratory indicated that the fruit was well-balanced. Following a cold week-long maceration, we immediately noticed that the color of the juice extracted from both the red and white grapes was especially intense. The wines were produced fairly quickly and without difficulty. Their fresh and fruity aromas, as well as their elegant tannins, indicate that this is an excellent vintage. In addition, the wines boast impressive density and good length, thereby gradually revealing intense and fleshy fruit flavors.
One cannot but recognize that 2012 is small in terms of volume, but great in terms of quality.
Bud break was very early. Bud nipping and suckering began on the 26th April. The heat and dryness of April, May and June caused the grapes to ’stress’…
Vine growth slowed down leaving us concerned that we might have small clusters and very little harvest. Fortunately, at this stage of the vine’s development, no disease set in and the canopy remained intact. Then from the 20th July, it rained for a month with the water being soaked up by the vines. It became imperative to intervene as the sanitary state of certain plots deteriorated. In order to preserve the harvest, a team was sent in to cut away the damaged clusters; a de-leafing also enabled the grapes to breathe. In under three weeks we had everything under control.
The weather got better and the heat and sunshine encouraged ripening. On the 1st September the harvest could begin. An initial team of pickers carefully sorted the grapes in the vineyard. A second team, then, sorted the grapes on a table as they entered the cellar. At the end of the day, the wines showed very good phenolic maturity and excellent acid/alcohol balance. They had colour, were fruity with supple tannins and a long and crisp mouth-feel.
In January 2012, at this stage of the wine-making process, the malolactic fermentation has still not begun, which is a great sign for the ultimate body of our wines.
Finally, and considering the complex weather patterns of the 2011 summer, it remains to say how pleasantly surprised we are by the quality of the vintage.
It is very promising. We cannot repeat it enough; our vigilance and the seriousness of our vineyard work throughout the year enable us today to await, hopefully, remarkable wines.
The harsh and snowy winter allowed the soils to rest. And then the springtime arrived, offering sunny, warm and dry conditions. The vines’ growing cycle started earlier than usual, indicating a harvest ahead of schedule. But the cold and rainy weather during month of May slowed down the growth and led to the uneven blossoming of the vines. These conditions ended up producing shot berries, suggesting a small harvest.
July and August were gloomy months. It was therefore necessary to pay twice as much attention to the state of the vineyards to produce grapes of a high standard of quality. Attention was especially paid to leaf fining, to avoid rot and to expose the grapes to sunlight, in view of favoring their ripening.
The use of these techniques set the scene for a top quality harvest.
Once again, the month of September benefited from 15 days of generous sunshine, spoiling both us and the grapes alike! The ripeness of the harvest was surprising. It produced strongly colored and extremely fruity wines, with good rich and well-balanced matter, as well as instantly round tannins.
All of these characteristics are the sign of a very promising vintage, extremely Burgundy in style!