September 9, 2019

Harvest 2019 Report

Harvest for Crémant is over now – weather is just perfect, with cooler nights and fresh mornings. Nice acidity levels, good sugar content: promising! The weather should still be okay for the coming week, hope it will last.

Mélanie Pfister
Domaine Pfister, Alsace
September 13, 2019

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We began harvesting last week. It will be a pretty vintage with good maturity and good balance. However, the quantity will be small. We suffered front at the beginning of spring, and budding did not go well.
Florence Terrier
Closerie des Lys, Limoux, Languedoc
September 13, 2019

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The 2019 harvest will begin tomorrow (with the Vieilles Vignes because the [alcohol] degree was already 12.5% at the beginning of the week but with a good acidity). It looks like it will be of beautiful quality, but for the moment I can’t tell you any more than that except that according to preliminary talks with colleagues who have already begun the quantity is small. I will be able to tell you a little more next week.

Didier Picq
Domaine Gilbert Picq et ses Fils, Chablis
September 13, 2019

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It’s still summer here, and we are making final preparations for the harvest. In principle, we should begin on Wednesday the 18th with the Pinot Noirs. For sure, the vines would have benefited from a little water, particularly the young plants. But the grapes are healthy with no rot. It will not be a big quantity but the boys don’t seem too worried for the moment.

Annick Roblin
Domaine Matthias & Emile Roblin, Sancerre
September 13, 2019

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Small grapes, but I think of high quality! No moisture (botrytis), no oïdium. 11°2 [potential alcohol] yesterday, with 7 g acidity. Perfect for the moment!

Note: the photo above was taken by Bertrand Lilbert on the first morning of his harvest on September 11 in Cramant.

Bertrand Lilbert
Champagne Lilbert-Fils, Cramant
September 13, 2019

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We finished harvesting the Pinot Noirs yesterday. The harvest is exceptional in quality but a lot of the grapes were ruined by disease. Today we did the Chardonnay–the juices are just as superb (beautiful balance between sugar and alcohol). We will pick the first parcels of Chenin tomorrow because with the hot temperatures the alcoholic degree is climbing rapidly.

Xavier & Clémence Weisskopf
Le Rocher des Violettes, Montlouis, Loire Valley
September 12, 2019

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Even if we have lost a part (15%) of the fruits (because of 2 heat waves some grapes have been burned), it seems that it will be a nice harvest! We begin to pick the Pinot Meunier grapes who are mature. After that the Chardonnay and we ‘ll finish with the Pinot Noir grapes (some of the fruits are not enough mature for Jacquesson). Thanks to the hot temperatures and the sunny weather announced the grapes will be ready very soon!

Sandrine Renard
Champagne Jacquesson, Dizy
September 12, 2019

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Sorry for the late response. I have quite a few things keeping me busy at the moment between getting ready for the harvest and my wife who gave birth a month ago!! For the harvest, it is difficult to say because it is very heterogeneous. We suffered frost to begin and then drought and heat. Chablis was a lot less watered than the rest of Burgundy. I expect to have a yield of 40-45 hl/ha.

Pierrick Laroche
Domaine des Hâtes, Maligny, Chablis
September 9, 2019

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Here harvest is actually at the beginning. We start with the white grapes and it looks nice, good quality, but the yields are always the main problem. But for the red it should be more.

Françoise Le Calvez
Château Coupe Roses, Minervois, Languedoc
September 9, 2019

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September is looking good here, we had a nice summer, sunny for the grapes and since a few weeks climate is perfect for the grapes maturation. We expect to start the harvest around the 15th of September in our traditional cellar.

Laure Jambon-Mareau
Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes, Côte de Brouilly, Beaujolais
September 6, 2019

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As you already know, a large quantity was not in the cards for us because the spring frost again did irreparable damage. The plants could never regain what they lost. Furthermore two periods of extreme heat this summer brought burning to the skins of the Chenin in particular. Thankfully we have not had any attacks of mildew like the ones we needed to fight last year. At this stage, the harvest is about ready to start. It is too early to be certain, but we are confident in our ability to satisfy you and surprise you with our next vintage.

Didier & Damien Richou
Domaine Richou, Anjou in the Loire Valley
September 6, 2019

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Here we are preparing for the harvest which will start on Wednesday for us. Unfortunately we were very affected by the April frost so the yield for 2019 will be very, very small. Dame Nature is not always generous.

Sylvaine Normand
Domaine Sylvaine & Alain Normand, Mâconnais in Burgundy
September 2, 2019

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We should begin harvest around September 12. We had a little water at the beginning of August, but now it is drought that we are keeping an eye on. We worked a lot in the vines this year to battle against weeds, and today we can say that the vines are clean. The quantity of grapes seems about right. We are not expecting the volume we have had the last two years, just the normal amount and that will already be a good thing. The healthy state of the grapes is good. We hope to be able to maintain all of this until the harvest.

The grapes don’t seem to be suffering at least for now from the lack of water, but a little rain would be welcome. Unfortunately, none is forecast in the days ahead. The temperature will return to something more reasonable beginning on Sunday. Jean-Pierre is watching all of this very closely and is looking out for the slightest change.

We will try to put in place all of our knowledge and all of our heart so that the new vintage will be one of the most successful. I will keep you informed as soon as we cut the first grapes.

Étienne Chaix
Domaine Joseph Voillot, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
August 31, 2019

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At Chavannes we have escaped the frost, the hail and the worst of the heat wave–what a journey! For Beaujolais, the 2019 harvest will be 20% less than that of 2018.

Paul Jambon
Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes, Beaujolais
August 30, 2019

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Here at Champagne Barnaut the alcohol degree is rising very rapidly (more than 2% in one week) but the phenolic maturity started up later. So we will have to pick with a high alcohol degree (between 10.5 and 11%) in order to have the best aromas possible. Thank goodness the acidity is elevated. That takes us to September 10, and it will be a tasting of the seeds and not the alcohol degree which will help us decide the order of the picking.

Champagne in 2019 lived through frost, hail (sometimes two times on the same parcels) as well as oidium, especially in the Chardonnays and particularly in the Côtes des Blancs. To that you have to add about 15% of the grapes which are completely dry because of the heat. Here at Champagne Barnaut we were lucky because all we had to endure was the heat.

It is totally atypical, but this year again climate change is confirmed and we are suffering the effects. Thus far it has not ruined the quality of our champagnes; let’s hope that continues.

Philippe Barnaut
Champagne Barnaut, Bouzy
August 29, 2019

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We expect to begin harvest about September 30. For the moment, everything seems to be okay. It will certainly be a massive vintage like last year.

There is already the potential for a high alcohol content. Objective: to pick as early as possible.

Finally we did not suffer too much from the lack of rain and the heat. It all stopped in time!

Briefly, all that is left is to be patient and to be ready.

Stéphanie Caslot
Domaine de la Chevalerie, Bourgueil in the Loire Valley
August 29, 2019

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Still very warm here (32°C), and dry. Rain should arrive end of the week, which would be good. We lost crop due to the second heat wave end of July… grapes literally burnt.

Mélanie Pfister
Domaine Pfister, Alsace
August 27, 2019

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In the Jura all is well. The sun is shining right now. We had the rain we needed for the grapes. Harvest is expected to be about September 15, but it won’t be very big (the spring frost).

Jean-Luc Mouillard
Domaine Jean-Luc Mouillard, Jura
August 27, 2019

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The harvest is quietly getting ready. A beautiful hail storm caused some damage (40-60% less yield on 1/3 of the property). Otherwise, contrary to many others, we had a little rain so what is left should be very beautiful. We plan to start the picking on September 9. It is beautiful and hot here so it is a good thing that the harvest will be a bit later this year than last.

Françoise Ollier
Domaine Ollier-Taillefer, Faugères in Languedoc
August 27, 2019

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Weather is always dry but a little less hot. Good for the moment with beautiful fruits. To be continued…

Jérôme Mathieu
Domaine Saje, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
August 27, 2019

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We have finally had a little rain which will allow the vines to ripen as they should. We will harvest the Muscat sec next week and two or three weeks later for the doux. The vintage is looking like a rather good one.

Michel Poudou
Domaine Montahuc,Saint Jean de Minervois in Languedoc
August 27, 2019

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