July 20, 2017

Harvest 2017 News

The vines are good for the moment. The crop still promises to be rather small as well as rather advanced. We expect to harvest around the 20th to 25th September. Not too much mildew for the moment, all is okay….something to watch.

This week, the weather was rather cool and a little rainy; the weather is supposed to be very hot tomorrow and stormy on Monday. We don’t dare say that all is well……

Stéphanie Caslot
Domaine de la Chevalerie, Bourgueil, Loire Valley
August 13, 2017

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Vines look good so far. It has been raining last week and this week: it was necessary… but it is enough now. Forecasts show nice weather from tomorrow – I hope it will last! We should start [harvest] in the first week of September between 4th and 10th. Most of our pickers are ready, it is good to be able to count on them.

Mélanie Pfister
Domaine Pfister, Alsace
August 13, 2017

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The vines are beautiful and the crop abundant but harvest is not for another month….we have our fingers crossed. At the moment, it is cool without any heavy rain, there is a little bit of wind and a good brightness. The conditions are all good to advance the maturation of the grapes.

Jean-Pierre Charlot
Domaine Joseph Voillot, Côte de Beaune
August 11, 2017

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About 2017, as of today: Very dry summer (no water for 2 1/2 months!) and hot and windy. So, beautiful fruits but very little. I think quality will be the same as 2016 but with less juice. I think we’ll start the harvest around 6th of September (1 week before last year, but it depends on weather). Moon will change on 15th August, so wait and see!!!

Jérôme Mathieu
Domaine de Saje, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
August 11, 2017

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A little bit too much water at the moment but other than that all is well.

Thierry Merlin
Domaine Merlin-Cherrier, Sancerre
August 11, 2017

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The blasts of hot air during the months of June and July have caused some burning [of the grapes] but nothing too bad. Here at the beginning of August, the temperatures are more reasonable and even a bit cool for the season. Veraison is beginning to show up [pointe le bout de son nez]. If the weather remains summer-like, harvest may well begin at the end of August.

Sébastien Branger
Domaine Claude Branger, Muscadet
August 2, 2017

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Our domain was spared from the violent storm on Sunday. Some villages were really hit like Verzé, Hurigny, Sancé, and Viré. It was a tornado with big hail the size of ping-pong balls which caused lots of damage. We were in Sancé at a family dinner, and we were really afraid.

The harvest will be a day-to-day concern for the next month. We hope that the storms will calm down because all around us where they have had storms there is damage such as in Beaujolais Fleuri, Moulin à Vent, and Chénas where there is nothing left.

The grapes are beautiful and healthy. We are eager to use our new cellar.

Sylvaine Normand
Domaine Sylvaine & Alain Normand, Macon
August 2, 2017

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For us, the vines are really pretty, we are halfway through veraison, and the vintage looks very promising. More to follow.

Bastien Jolivet
Domaine Jolivet, Saint-Joseph
July 29, 2017

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While the south-east corner of France has been ravaged by fires this week (St-Tropez campsites evacuated et al), the rest of France, including her principal wine regions, has experienced unusually low temperatures for the time of year and, in many parts, a bit of rain.

After a particularly scorching mid June, vignerons were predicting a very early harvest but many of them have been revising their calendars, and wondering whether they can squeeze in a bit of holiday before preparing for the vintage. Around us in the Languedoc, the veraison, the annual process whereby red wine grapes are transformed from hard and green to soft and purplish, is being unusually protracted.

Jancis Robinson
JancisRobinson.com
July 28, 2017

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The harvest for the moment looks like it is going to be beautiful finally! The harvest should be rather straightforward, and everyone is in a really good mood this year.

Marie-Laure Serrigny
Domaine Serrigny, Savigny-les-Beaune
July 25, 2017

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Most of the vines are beautiful and we hope (nothing is sure yet) for a good harvest. It is perhaps the vines that we warmed [with fire pots to protect again spring frost] which have suffered the most….perhaps lit up a little late and the cold ruined a lot of the grapes, particularly in Vaucoupin as well as Vosgros. But for the rest, it’s pretty good.

No vacation in sight for the moment. We’ll see, perhaps a few days after the harvest, especially if it begins at the beginning of September.

Didier Picq
Gilbert Picq & ses Fils, Chablis
July 25, 2017

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It’s a beautiful year shaping up in Alsace. If all continues to go well, we should have a great harvest. For the moment, it is very hot–very little disease on the vines as a result. It rains from time to time, just enough to avoid hydric stress. We expect the harvest to take place at the end of September.

Anne-Marie Tempé
Domaine Marc Tempé, Alsace
July 19, 2017

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