August 23, 2021

Harvest Report 2021

Tomorrow we will go back to harvesting. Yes, I said ‘go back’ because we decided to stop for a few days for the Chardonnay grapes to really profit from the sun’s rays. The quality of the juice that we have right now is promising: the Chardonnay grapes with an eastern exposure are really healthy without a fault. In the next few days we will harvest the Chardonnay grapes with a northern exposure which are always later…we’ll see.

Gilles Lancelot
Champagne Lancelot Pienne, Cramant
September 26, 2021

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2021 will never be remembered as a great vintage… not because of the quality but because of the quantity. Grapes have been damaged early, in July, and this is “good” because we do not have to face mold problems, saving part of them. Grapes that were never damaged by hail look pretty good, sweet, and big. After all, we expect to make a good harvest in the first 10 days of October even if we lost part of the production.

Pietro
Cantina Gaggiano, Alto Piemonte, Italy
September 26, 2021

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Chevalerie grapesWe’ve started the harvest. Nice weather for the moment, no problem. Quality harvest I hope. And…not so many people can say that…..good quantity 馃憤馃憤馃憤馃憤馃憤馃憤馃憤馃憤 [Pictured is dawn’s moon over the Butte de Sarron, Cramant.]

Bertrand Lilbert
Champagne Lilbert-Fils, Cramant
September 24, 2021

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Chevalerie grapesBeautiful grapes–look at the photo! We will start harvesting at the beginning of October, and we hope the sun will continue shining. We had a mildew attack but we like sorting grapes on the table!

Laurie Caslot
Domaine de la Chevalerie, Bourgueil, Loire Valley
September 22, 2021

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The weather is very humid since Sunday. We will begin to harvest tomorrow, September 22. The sun is supposed to be back then.

Jean-Luc Mouillard
Domaine Jean-Luc Mouillard, Jura
September 21, 2021

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We started harvesting this morning, just the Meuniers in the Vall茅e de la Marne, a small yield and ripe. We will wait several days to harvest the Chardonnays of the C么te des Blancs and the Coteaux Sud d鈥橢pernay. There’s no urgency–the state of the grapes remains good even if the weather is not really sunny.

Gilles Lancelot
Champagne Lancelot Pienne
September 16, 2021

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Here’s a picture of the grapes in Bramaterra after defoliage. Cleaning the branches around the grapes from leaves is a work I’ve always loved. After months of work the grapes finally appear ready to be picked. We’ll harvest between the end of September (Rosato, Sandrin and Gattinara) and the first 2 weeks of October (Leandro and Bramaterra).

2021– it’s been a hell of a vintage: frost, hail and then drought. But … we’re stubborn, so some way some how we’ll bring home 90/100 quintals of good grapes. 35/40% less than we usually bring home. I talked with Marco and Cristiano: we all agree on producing a very small amount of Bramaterra and Gattinara this year; we’ll focus on Sandr矛n, Leandro and Rosato. It’s not the right vintage for long-aged wines. After all, we’re lucky: many other wineries close to us will never pick anything this year.

Pietro
Cantina Gaggiano, Alto Piemonte, Italy
September 15, 2021

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Here everything is good. We have been harvesting for a week, so the days are very busy! The harvest is superb, and I am happy to be harvesting on time which I hope will keep the degree levels reasonable!

Carole Salen
Domaine les Bastides, C么teaux d鈥橝ix-en-Provence
September 15, 2021

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We are in the middle of the harvest and the weather is not very nice (raining since yesterday), but for now the quality is beautiful and (ouf!!) the ros茅 and the whites are already in.

Fran莽oise Ollier
Domaine Ollier-Taillefer, Faug猫res, Languedoc
September 15, 2021

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We are waiting for the harvest which is going to be very small this year thanks to the frost and the vagaries of the weather which favored mildew. A very difficult year to manage, especially organically. We expect to start the harvest around September 20th.

Annie & Jean-Luc Mouillard
Domaine Jean-Luc Mouillard, Jura
September 9, 2021

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As far as the 2021 harvest, it is more complex but also more interesting. I made the rounds of the vineyards last week to taste the berries. One can sense already the fruit and the finesse of the Chavannes grapes even if the acidity is still present. We have had a few diseases鈥攎ildew and oidium with the rain鈥攂ut the harvest is now secured. We are luckier than other growers because we avoided all the natural catastrophes this year, frost and hail. The 2021 volume will not be affected. We will begin harvesting about the 24th or 25th of September in Indian summer. They are calling for rain at the end of the week. I am keeping my fingers crossed that there won鈥檛 be any thunderstorms.

Laure Jambon-Mareau
Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes, C么te de Brouilly, Beaujolais
September 6, 2021

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The season is over and we are now trying to determine the best date to start our future harvest.
This has been a special year in many ways.

Despite a cold, dry winter, we observed a relatively early break-up following a week of high temperature between 15 and 18掳C in early March. The earliest vines were heavily impacted by 3 consecutive days of frost on 5, 6 and 7 April, with temperatures around -7掳C and snow on the morning of 6 April.

For our Domaine, the damage is significant mainly on the vines of Meursault with losses approaching 80%, we lost at least 60% on the Volnay 1er cru les Caillerets, 50% in Volnay 1er cru les Champans, Pommard 1er cru les Rugiens, P茅zerolles, Epenots, certainly 80% in Beaune 1er cru les Coucherias, and 40% in Volnay 1er les Fremiets.
The vines located in the appellations Burgundy, Volnay and Pommard vieilles vignes have seemed less severely affected because of the mismatch at bud break, and a less sensitivity to negative temperatures.
To cope with the shock, the vines affected by this frost episode vegetated for a long time. We had to wait 10 to 15 days and a more favorable weather before seeing a vegetative restart, while the vines located in the lower ones continued to grow.

June was a very challenging month for teams and organizations. To catch up with the delays, the vine deprived of most of these inflorescences pushed at a very fast and very intense pace, so we had to redouble our effort to contain and try to organize the branches in our training system.

The flowering of the 1er cru took place in mid-June , thanks to a mild weather, which was not the case a week later on the vines located further down the c么te where cooler temperatures caused a lot of leakage. This year was also for us and a good part of Eastern France very wet, we recorded an increase of more than 60% in the volume of precipitation compared to an average year.

This moisture has been very favorable to the appearance of diseases, including the return of mildew after several years of absence. The pressure of mildew and powdery mildew was very intense this year. With repetitions of almost daily rains, we had to use strategy to fight against these diseases before they settle down, and slow their development once present.

The mid-veraison stage was observed around 15 August, accompanied by brief but strong heat, causing sunburn damage. We are now at the beginning of September, the veraison ends in the late sectors. The first samples used to monitor maturities are encouraging. The weather of the next few days is pretty good, the sun is back for now, some rains are to be feared but the cumulus announced seems to decrease as the days go on.

Our attention is now focused on the few foci of botrytis that we were able to observe in the vineyard, if the weather remains good, the impact will be limited.

We have not yet defined the exact date of the harvest, we think to start between the 15 and the 18 September. We will try to find the best balance between sugars and acidity, and the best compromised between botrytis and weather.

The game is not yet won, and we really feel like we鈥檙e playing the vintage at every moment. If the results meet our expectations, and we cross our fingers, we will have learned a lot from this year, and we will come out of it with great humility. Once again, nature shows us that it is she who decides what happens to us and that we can only try to follow her as best we can.

I will keep you informed of the first pruning shears, accompanied, I hope with beautiful images.

We hope to see you very soon.

Etienne Chaix
Domaine Joseph Voillot, C么te de Beaune
September 3, 2021

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This year will be a bit unprecedented because we will begin the harvest in Languedoc next week, almost two weeks ahead of Burgundy. And this 2021 vintage will be of excellent quality with good volume for Languedoc. Therefore la Closerie des Lys and our C么t茅 Sud have a bright future ahead of them!

Romain Bourgeois
Closerie des Lys, Languedoc
August 31, 2021

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The weather is much better since mid-July but on average colder than the past years so we should not harvest before mid September, which was very common 6 years ago and before. We can make a qualitative vintage and the quantity is good so far thanks to our fights against frost and mildew. Though I don’t like to give any forecast before harvest…

I was in Burgundy last weekend and some winemakers told me they stopped being organic just for this year due to the terrible conditions. At least, our wines are still going to be 100% biodynamic this year 馃檪

Alex Gendrier
Domaine des Huards, Cheverny
August 18, 2021

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We are expecting a nice harvest at Mas d鈥橝mile both in quantity and quality, we went through the heavy frost episode of April the 8th with little damages thanks to late pruning (taille t么t ou taille tard, mais taille en mars ;)), and although weather was a pig in July we are also spared by mildew so far. We expect the harvest to be delayed 10 days to 2 weeks compared to 2020, but the last 3 days were extremely hot, dry and windy while the nights were quite cool, so an exact date remains very difficult to forecast.

Am茅lie d’Hurlaborde
Mas d’Amile, Terrasses du Larzac
August 16, 2021

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We have had the chance in recent years to have very beautiful vintages, all very different, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, with very nice balances but at very different levels, 2017: very attractive, very easy, accessible and immediate, 2018: more flesh, gourmet, explosive, 2019: very silky, elegant, lace, 2020: powerful freshness, very flattering.

The weather has become more lenient and consistent with the season. We had high temperatures this week, up to 32掳C, and we started to see some symptoms of burning on clusters exposed to the setting sun.

We expect to start the harvest around the 15th of September, and we hope that botrytis and powdery mildew will not progress too much until then.

I don鈥檛 know what will happen in 2021, I know that we will miss volumes in the 1er cru of Meursault, Caillerets, Champans, Rugiens because of the spring freeze. I do not know whether the diseases will progress and whether the burning of last days will be problematic for the future. I do not know whether the hail will allow us to enjoy the remaining harvest, and I do not know whether there is enough water left in the soil for the vines to ripen these fruits in the best possible way. But I know that we did everything we could and used all the means and tools we had at our disposal to ensure that the vintage took place in the best possible conditions for the vine.

Despite the presence of disease, I sometimes find myself smiling when I walk the ranks of certain parcels. The veraison has started well and it seems to me that clusters are more beautiful and more important than last year for the moment. A culture is said to be seen beautiful only once a year, I think it鈥檚 time. The road is still long, and I hope to keep smiling as long as possible.

Etienne Chaix
Domaine Joseph Voillot, C么te de Beaune
August 15, 2021

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