September 9, 2019

Harvest 2019 Report

The harvest is now over. 2019 is going to be a great vintage here (no quantity because of the frost – as usual) but big quality and nice balance.

Stéphanie Caslot
Domaine de la Chevalerie, Bourgueil, Loire Valley
October 18, 2019

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Here harvest finished two weeks ago. The vintage is a little larger in volume than last year and not bad at all! The weather was pleasant with a little rain– we needed a little so it was good for the vines.

Carole Salen
Domaine Les Bastides, Provence
October 17, 2019

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Here all is well. We are still in the vat room adding the finishing touches to the new vintage which promises to be of great quality.

Marie-Laure Serrigny
Domaine Serrigny, Savigny-les-Beaune, Burgundy
October 9, 2019

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Harvest ended Tuesday, October 1. It was complicated this year with broken machinery and hard-to-find workers….I am a bit fed up at 62 years old! But the result was magnificent and that is the main thing. Even better than last year: less juice but better balance between acidity and alcohol degree (12.6° and 13.2°)–a beautiful average! The acidity was 4.6 gr! Very, very pretty fruit to taste in fermentation. More happiness than we have had in many years. That’s a small summary of our situation.

Thierry Merlin
Domaine Merlin-Cherrier, Sancerre
October 9, 2019

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Harvest is not over yet… but we are happy so far! It started beginning of September, and finally ripeness came progressively, while keeping big acidities.

Mélanie Pfister
Domaine Pfister, Alsace
October 8, 2019

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Harvest is done, and the yield was magnificent in terms of quality and as expected in terms of quantity.

Françoise Le Calvez
Château Coupe Roses, Minervois, Languedoc
October 7, 2019

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Wonderful! Crazy! A typical Burgundian year where quality is excellent and yields are down.

Kerrie de Boissieu
Château de Lavernette, Beaujolais (Leynes)
October 4, 2019

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We began harvest later than usual this year (September 7) because even though the degree and acidity were right we were waiting for rain to have a little juice. But the rain never came!!! So the 2019 harvest had mixed results. A very beautiful quality but the quantity left something to be desired.

We had a super team of harvesters and had some good times together even if the climatic conditions were a little difficult (heat wave).

We just finished the vatting, and the colors are really beautiful. The next stop is the bottling of the 2018’s which is scheduled for October 21.

Gaëlle Meunier
Domaine Gaëlle et Jérôme Meunier, Mercurey
October 4, 2019

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The harvest went well, and we are very happy with the quality. Beautiful cuvées to come!

Valérie Charpentier
Champagne Pierre Moncuit, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger
October 3, 2019

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The harvest is finished. The quality is excellent but the quantity is a little bit low. We produced this year 45hl/ha (down 25%). But some places in the Chablis vineyard produced less than 30hl/ha, so I think we didn’t do so bad!!

Pierrick Laroche
Domaine des Hâtes, Chablis
October 3, 2019

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From Vincent Bouchard: “We started with a new moon and very good grape ripening with enough sugar and also natural acidity. A good quantity but not too much juice that will make for more concentration for our Portos and Douro DOCs. Good weather conditions that allowed for minimal treatment in the vineyards. We had a small condition of rain just to stop the harvest for 1 day – to let the wine making and vineyard teams rest. The quality grapes, young and growing team and weather make for a good ambiance at the Quinta.”

From winemaker/general manager Jorge Alves “The grapes are aesthetically perfect. The Touriga Nacional berries are small, bluish in color, almost black, showing a classic year concentration; tannins are soft showing a muscular structure; old vineyards continue to show their resilience against climate change. They resist, produce even less but the quality is outstanding; Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca are more generous, showing elegance, silky textures and high gravity structures. The tannins are very ripe, the angularity has given way to fuzziness and to persistence.”

The 2019 wines are promising, complex, with deep structure and high precision. We finished picking grapes 21 September. The weather has been spectacular for most of September – sunny warm days except for 1 big day of rain. Hard to imagine that we have another terrific year in the making. Historically Vintage years are declared 2 or 3 years times a decade. For the first time in decades 2016 and 2017 were declared Vintage years back to back.

Kay Bouchard
Quinta do Tedo, Douro Valley, Portugal
October 2, 2019

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Harvest is finished, and the wine is in the cellar. The frost in April, the hail, and the extreme heat wave reduced the quantities—20% reduction compared to last year. But it’s good with good degrees.

Paul Jambon
Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes, Beaujolais
October 2, 2019

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Fabulous harvest. A few problems with quantity with the Crozes because of hail but we are delighted.

Pierre Jean Villa
Saint Joseph
October 2, 2019

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Harvest was wonderful for quality and correct for quantity. Bouzy and Brasles had not really any problems for hail, oïdium or frost (except 1 ha of Meunier on Brasles). Juices were very rich with a high level of sugar (average is 11.3% vol.) and good acidity. We obtained the perfect aromatic ripeness, and the richness of the juices gives now very fine and complex aromas.

Philippe Secondé
Champagne Barnaut, Bouzy
October 1, 2019

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The harvest finished last Friday, and the domain is returning to a little calm. Tomorrow we will take the reds out of the vats. Everything tastes very good, and the fermentations are going perfectly.

Maude Cornille
Domaine de la Roche Bleue, Jasnières
September 30, 2019

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The harvest went wonderfully well–8 days of really beautiful sunny weather, exceptional juice quality with PHs of 3.20 to 3.30, acidity between 4 and 5 … and alcoholic degrees of 12.5 to 13.5 . A little in the style of 2015 but better.

Actually the quantity was not big, but with the summer we had, it was to be expected. The lowest yields are for Vieilles Vignes, Vaucoupin and Dessus La Carrière, between 28 and 35 hl/ha and the best yields are for Vosgros and Vaudécorse, between 40 and 52 hl/ha, which gives us a general average of 45 hl. It’s pretty satisfying, since I thought I would be barely at 40.

You’ll soon have the pleasure of tasting them. I think it’s a great vintage … OUAH!

Didier Picq
Domaine Gilbert Picq et ses Fils, Chablis
September 27, 2019

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A beautiful harvest. The quantity is barely sufficient, but enough to make a good vintage! The quality, I think, is exceptional. More to follow in a few weeks after the fermentations.

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 27, 2019

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We picked our last grapes in Corne Bautray on Saturday 21 September at 1330 hours, closing a very demanding 2019 campaign. Things started pretty badly: the severe frosts in April caused serious damage in Avize and Oiry, as well as in some vines on the lower slopes of Hautvillers.

From late Spring and all of Summer it was very dry but, thanks to abundant rainfall during the winter and our chalky soil, the vines didn’t really suffer any stress from lack of water. On the other hand, we had to keep a very close watch to combat very strong attacks of oidium up until the end of August and the treatments needed to do this only served to reinforce the effects of the phenomenon of the heatwave on 25 July (Paris recorded its highest ever temperature) scalding the vines.

After all these vagaries, some of which are very unusual at our latitudes, we didn’t really know what outcomes to expect. Admittedly, the yields were low (circa 7,000 kilos per hectare in Avize and Oiry and about 8,000 kilos in Ay, Dizy and Hautvillers,) but we think we may have a very great year on our hands. The grapes presented in perfect health, the ripeness was exceptional and, despite fears in certain quarters, the level of acidity was more than sufficient.

Thus, we are looking at a superb Cuvée no 747. With the Single Vineyard wines, we prefer to wait until we have tasted them, but we are confident that they will be of a high quality.

Jean-Hervé & Laurent Chiquet
Champagne Jacquesson, Dizy
September 25, 2019

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I couldn’t respond earlier because of the storm Saturday and Sunday, which was particularly violent. I didn’t have electricity or internet in the office–everything burned!!! The EDF cable had a short circuit. So no more computer, and one can’t do much without that.

Therefore we stopped harvesting and started back up today. We collected the Syrah to make the cuvée Orience. It is magnificent—very ripe and clean.

The wines are fermenting quietly. We still need to gather all the Grenaches and the Carignan. The yield is good and we should not have much loss.

Don’t forget it wasn’t long ago that we harvested in October.

Françoise Le Calvez
Château Coupe Roses, Minervois, Languedoc
September 25, 2019

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Here harvest is almost over for us, Friulano, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling were harvested between end of August and mid-September.

Fermentations of the Sauvignon Blancs are almost over and the cellar has a very nice smell 🙂 This year we are working with concrete eggs for the fermentation and aging on the lees of Friulano.

The autumn arrived, rain started to fall plentifully today and tomorrow with the sun shining between the clouds we will harvest the Merlot grapes.

Ripening of the grape seeds is very good this year and the grape stems are very brown, so this year we will push more with the whole bunch maceration. With the Refosco dal peduncolo rosso too.

Michele Ciani
Aquila del Torre, Friuli Colli Orientali, Italy
September 23, 2019

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We finished the harvest last Wednesday. I would love to have told you that we had a normal yield with reasonable volumes, but that is not what happened. We knew that the yield would not be great, but we did not expect to get so little. The vines the most exposed suffered the most from the drought, mainly the 1er crus. In that section we estimate that we harvested about half.

As far as the villages, certain parcels with deeper soils were able to escape unscathed. The loss is a little less than half. For the Burgundies, it is not quite as bad. We lost about a third. It is too early to project the total volume, but it is certain that the 2019 vintage will be restricted for us.

In the cellar, the fermentations are finished. We suffered from the heat during the harvest, and we had to cool the grape musts which we had cut in the afternoon so that the fermentations would go better.

In spite of everything and to console us, it seems that nature is offering us a 2019 vintage of quality. It is still way too early to say for sure, but the fermented musts that we are tasting daily are very encouraging.

Our oenologue is coming tomorrow to taste the musts with us and eventually to guide us on a date for vatting.

I hope that the other winegrowers of the Vintage ’59 team will have more encouraging news.

Étienne Chaix
Domaine Joseph Voillot, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
September 23, 2019

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Harvest went well. The juice we got was ample and fruity. The sugar content along with a significant acidity suggests a beautiful vintage which will be interesting to vinify. Certainly the quantity was limited, but at the end we were able to respect the fixed quotas.

Gilles Lancelot
Champagne Lancelot Pienne, Cramant
September 23, 2019

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Harvest is going well. After a little bit of rain on Sunday, the beautiful weather continues today.

Annick Roblin
Domaine Matthias & Emile Roblin, Sancerre
September 23, 2019

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We began harvest Saturday, a little earlier than expected, with the Vieilles Vignes. The quality was magnificent but the quantity was very small, less than 30 hl/ha. Thank goodness 2018 was more generous. I hope that the other parcels yet to harvest will be about 40 hl but nothing is certain! We had very little water this summer, but the vines are very pretty without any trace of rot or disease. However lots of the grapes were burned by the sun which caused the loss of yield.

Today we are going to harvest the Dessus la Carriere and I am hoping for something magnificent! I will give you more news later I hope.

Didier Picq
Domaine Gilbert Picq et ses Fils, Chablis
September 17, 2019

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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!

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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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 Secondé
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