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At the opposite, summer was cold and wet, particularly August. Rainfall was higher than usual and we lost the maturation advance gained during spring. At the beginning of September, maturities went well with nice acidity. At this time, everything was looking great and we could have been optimistic. Unfortunately, Drosophila flies made a mass appearance in fruit trees fields during the summer. Humidity and warm temperatures in September helped their development. They attacked mainly the colored grapes varieties: Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, Muscat and some vines of Pinot Gris. Once again, a very strict sorting was essential at the vineyard; we ask to our pickers to spend more time and more care for each vines. In fact, it's 35 to 40 pickers during 26 days harvesting 508hl on 15ha !
Pinot Noir, 10/17-19th - Sélection de Grains Nobles, 10/30-31st
The veraison took place at the end of August; quite late date compared to the last vintages since 2000, but a normal period in the 80’s.
Despite a rainy autumn, we waited for the whole maturity of the grapes before picking up, as we used to do but with a lot of anxiety. So, we thank our team of pickers for such efforts involved in a very strict sorting!
For now, several tanks are empty, but hopefully the quality is right here. Most of the wines have already a good aromatic intensity and are well-balanced. And our Riesling Selection de Grains Nobles (SGN), picked up on the last days of October, is full of promise!
Pinot Noir, 10/8th – Vendanges Tardives, 10/31th
During Winter, some of our plots were affected by frost. Then ,we’ve seen the weather shift from periods of intense cold to extreme heat – and back again. Relatively damp conditions during flowering created the ideal conditions for the onset of downy mildew, with powdery mildew developing from July onwards. In such conditions, our vigilance and the very warm temperatures of August helped to limit the damage. Unluckily, on the July 10th, an hailstorm has destroyed lot of berries, reducing significantly the quantity of harvest.
Finally, the cooler weather we saw in September helped bring the grapes to full maturity in perfect health.
Afterwards, our patience was put to the test. The weather was changeable, with beautifully sunny days alternative with showers. Patience, patience…
In the end, 2012 is an excellent but very rare vintage, especially as the wild boars devoured most of the grapes which had been spared by the vagaries of the weather. Thankfully, to date, all the varietals revealed their good potential of fruitiness, freshness and great maturity.
This year, the vineyard has been constantly tossed to and fro between extremes: harsh winters, mild or high temperatures in spring, drought followed by saving rainfall in July. The budburst took place at the beginning of April, a fortnight earlier than normal, and the flowering in late May, by 2 to 3 weeks. The excellent weather conditions during flowering led to a good budburst, and counteracted the risk of fungal diseases. The summer months were cooler and more humid, making up for much of the water deficit and slightly reducing the advance of the vegetation.
After the return of good weather on the 15th of August, the harvest took place under the best conditions. With the benefit from a true Indian summer, we waited as to best manage the ripeness and health of the grapes.
In the cellar, considering the earliness of the vintage and the heat, the control of temperature was indispensable more than ever, to control the fermentation and to preserve the aromatic potential of this vintage.The first results are very promising with fruity and well-structured wines. The Gewurztraminer are part of the big success of this vintage with good aroma and aromatic
complexity. However, as the climatic conditions of the end of season were not favourable for the development of noble rot, the production of Vendanges Tardives is rare.
Best time to drink : 2014 – 2019
Pinot Noir, 10/7th, 15th and 18th
The first time of this complex year happened on the 19th of December 2009, with extreme temperature (-20°C) and frozen buds. Budbreak was late and the flowering was prolonged. During the summer, July was warm and quite dry until a hailstorm on the 13th ; hence, the crop decreased again. August was cold and damp, September was relatively cool and mild.
Before the harvest, the sanitary state was good but the quantities very low. With the high elevation of our slopes, we waited for the right maturity of the berries. Brown seed, supple skin, tasting of the berries, we made such controls 3 or 4 times for each parcel before deciding to harvest.
The wines of the 2010 vintage are both fresh and fruity. They get a good balance between strong acidity and good degrees. Low yields give a good concentration, with a great potential of ageing. The main point of such “special” 2010 vintage is the very low yields, what ever the grape variety ; 30 hl/ha on average, and down to 16hl/ha for Gewurztraminer.
Best time to drink : 2013 – 2020
Pinot Noir, 09/28-29th – Vendanges Tardives, 10/20-21th
September days were very warm but the nights were much cooler, especially towards the end of the month, enabling full ripeness to be achieved while preserving essential aromas. Consequently, harvesting was done “à la carte”, and with patience it was possible to pick each parcel at perfect maturity.