August 18, 2016

On-Going Harvest Report 2016

The 2016 harvest ended on October 5th … with the sun! A difficult vintage which finishes better than we hoped. This year will remain engraved in our memories as one of the most complicated in the vineyard, such as 2012 and 1997 vintage, with however an early pressure of diseases that we had never known.

At first, the spring frosts made some damages of a few sensitive plots, notably on Vertus. Fortunately the temperatures remained bearable for the majority of the buds … Then the weather turned to rain. Wet episodes in the spring brought us a lot of ” mildew” pressure. The work put in place over several years on the stimulation of our vines by plants has helped us very much throughout this campaign. Until the end of July the pressure remained high and the stress at the highest. At the beginning of the veraison, the grapes were able to enjoy a sunny time, but sometimes too much… The heat of late August made us regret the work well done to expose our grapes to the sun … Despite all these climatic whims, our efforts paid, the grapes were present and with quality!

The harvest began in good conditions on September 21st. We started with the Meuniers who had taken a lead, so much that we had to spread out more the harvest to reach the optimum maturities of each grape and terroir. We finished with the chardonnays on clay in Pierry, a real success that could compose a new single vineyard cuvée …!

The fermentations are finished now, we have already been able to taste some juices. The first sensations are good, despite our worries related to the heterogeneity of the vintage. I think clearly that the quality will be good, the weather was with us to pick in the best conditions. At the moment, we have a preference for Meuniers, who are already open and fruity, but we will see what the next few months reserve for us.

We also give you a link to watch a quick video of the 2016’s highlights: 2016 Highlights

Jean-Marc Sélèque
Champagne J-M Sélèque
December 20, 2016

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You know what?! We just finished our 2016 vintage, yesterday was the last day. What a long period (7 weeks), but I am happy with our wines. Ripe, balanced acidity, not massively structured with clean aromatics. So far it ferments well, so everything is in our hands now. I am glad all the grapes are home now.

Mélanie Pfister
Domaine Pfister, Alsace
November 5, 2016

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Here harvest continues, at a slow rhythm: one or two days a week! Today: Pinot Noir Rahn and Pinot Gris. Grapes are very healthy, nice balance also. We still have all our Gewurz and Riesling to pick, but will begin those only next week normally.

Mélanie Pfister
Domaine Pfister, Alsace
October 13, 2016

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Harvest 2016 is great qualitative wise if not quantitatively. We just finished pressing the last 2 presses yesterday. Completely opposite end of the spectrum from the 2015…. 2015 being a drought year, early to pick with high alcohol and 2016 a late year, elegant with floral aromatics.

Kerrie de Boissieu
Château de Lavernette, Beaujolais
October 11, 2016

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We finished harvest yesterday. Quality is good and a little bit different than the other years. It was a very dry summer so berries are more concentrated, we have more acidity (tartaric acid), more aromas and a little bit less alcohol volume.

We will see what kind of wine we will have, we are very positive for this vintage 2016.

Sarah Frissant
Coupe-Roses, Languedoc
October 7, 2016

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To say that we are happy with the harvest is saying a lot. Quantity and quality for the Pinot Noir. For the Sauvignon it is a question of exposure. Certain parcels were more or less touched by the frost. The disease pressure was very strong with the rate of constant humidity in the spring and beginning of summer. It was really a difficult year!

But in all this misery, there are several small bright spots: my father really did well in the timing of interventions, the vines were protected, no huge storms to regret in spite of the heat wave in August and September, and Vincent has come back to work with us (at least for the harvest!).

There. Patience is the remedy for all of these problems. Briefly, we are super-motivated to get out a sensational 2016 vintage! We will begin the harvest next week. For the moment, the berries are tasting good but the skin is still a little thick.

Mathilde Natter
Domaine Henry Natter, Sancerre
October 4, 2016

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As we expected, the harvest was really quick. We began on Tuesday, September 27th and finished on October 1st. The final result on the quantity is unfortunately at the level of what we estimated! The 2 cuvées the most affected are the Dessus la Carrière, which was affected 100% (no harvest) and the Chablis ‘village’ where we lost 80%, getting around 10 hl/ha.

The most beautiful harvest was with the Vosgros, where we have only lost 20% –which is a great surprise. The final result: for the entire domain we have 70% less yield, that is to say compared to a year like 2015, we will produce about 75,000 bottles less!

For the quality, we harvested very pretty juice, with a little rot in places but nothing serious, lower alcoholic degrees than 2015 which are between 11 and 12 degrees, and correct acidity and PH. We will need to wait till the end of the fermentations, but at least it is better than we thought!

Didier Picq
Domaine Gilbert Picq & Fils, Chablis
October 3, 2016

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The harvest is great in quality and quantity.

Paul Jambon
Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes, Beaujolais
October 2, 2016

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Harvest started later this year, due to late spring rains with cooler temperatures, resulting in a later fruit set. Even with summer temperatures above average (the hottest July on record!) the harvest started 7 September. Some parcels, notably Vallongo, were slow to reach the desirable sugar level for picking. Last lagar was emptied today!

About 30% less in quantity this year, the berries are compact and tasty. The Quinta becomes a beehive of activity during harvest; grape arrivals throughout the day, the vineyard workers swell in size from 6 to 18 persons to pick the grapes, and for those who work in the cellar sleep is sometimes an after thought, especially when it is time to fortify the fermenting must into Porto! Visitors to our quinta peak during harvest, keen to watch first hand the steps in port making; there is always a request to participate in foot treading in the late afternoon.

Kay Bouchard
Quinta do Tedo, Portugal
September 30, 2016

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We began the harvest this week. We note that the quality of the harvest is tied into the condition of the vines: certain parcels were devastated by mildew while others were hardly touched at all. Once again a complicated and tricky year!

During the months of August and September, we bottled the wines of the 2014 vintage. That was a difficult year and particularly complicated at the time of the harvest. In effect, we suffered an invasion of an Asiatic drosophila, the ‘susuki’, which required that we impose great care in our sorting to preserve the quality of the harvest and therefore we had a significant loss of quantity.

The wines reveal themselves to be really good: lively, dry, fruity and with a beautiful energy. That’s the good news. The bad news is that we find ourselves obliged to increase our prices. We are counting on your understanding and on your solidarity.

Anne-Marie and Marc Tempé
Domaine Marc Tempé, Haut Rhin
September 30, 2016

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Harvest: quite small, even if not as bad as in the Aube, as we estimate 7,500 to 8,000 kgs per hectare between Dizy & Avize. And it seems to be the 5th good vintage in a row, although not as good as 2015. Expect an excellent 744 but we have to wait until next spring before we can take a decision for the single vineyards.

Jean-Hervé Chiquet
Champagne Jacquesson
September 28, 2016

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We have finished our “gleaning”! The frost of 27 April caused big losses–one can easily see the difference between the vines which were spared and those impacted.

Here are the predicted yields before the racking, since I don’t know the yield in real juice:

Bourgognes 13 hl/ha
Volnay Village: 9 hl/ha
Pommard Village: 12 hl/ha
Volnay 1er crus: 26 hl/ha
Pommard 1er crus: 9 hl/ha
Meursault: 30 hl/ha

The quality will be beautiful, that is for certain.

Jean-Pierre Charlot
Domaine Joseph Voillot, Burgundy
September 28, 2016

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Here we began harvest last Wednesday with the Crémants and then on Thursday we harvested the Mercurey 1er cru rouge. The frosted parcels produced magnificent grapes (unfortunately very limited in quantity!!!!) We tried out our new sorting table and we effectively de-stemmed at 100%.

The Mercurey 1er cru blanc followed (splendid!) and then the Puligny village and today we harvested the Puligny 1er cru Champs Gain.La paulée (feast at the end of harvest) will take place tomorrow!! To summarize, for the moment we are rather satisfied with our harvest (we were ready mentally for a drop-off in our yield).

Gaëlle Meunier
Domaine Gaëlle et Jérôme Meunier, Côte Châlonnaise
September 27, 2016

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We are in the middle of harvest and we’ve just finished the Pinot (gorgeous!). I am not sure to be so enthusiastic on the Chardonnay. We will give you some news!

Clem Dubrulle
Domaine de la Folie, Côte Châlonnaise
September 27, 2016

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So far, we are very happy. We picked Crémant last week: beautiful chardonnay, and very nice Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois.

We will continue with the still wines tomorrow: Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois, and our “classic” Pinot Noir. Weather is still on our side, fingers crossed that it stays like this!

Mélanie Pfister
Domaine Pfister, Alsace
September 27, 2016

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Here at Caladroy we are at the very beginning of the harvest with a small yield due to the lack of water, but with no lack of good quality!

Château de Caladroy, Roussillon
September 26, 2016

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We are in the midst of harvest at Davayé and at Antugnac. After having been afraid all year about frost, hail and too much water this spring and not enough water this summer, we have arrived at harvest with superb weather which permits us to gather superb grapes. At Antugnac as at Deux Roches, the grapes are really good and the juice is very aromatic. We are really confident! And the beautiful weather is supposed to hold, which is perfect!

Jean-Luc Terrier
Domaine Antugnac/Closerie des Lys, Limoux
September 24, 2016

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For the moment, everything is pretty much as predicted: it rained last week and that’s good! That allowed an ending to concentration by dessication! The rain also unblocked the physiology of the vine, and the phenolic compounds are beginning to mature. Briefly, for the moment, everything is good! We await what comes next! Short of a catastrophe, no harvest predicted before the 10th-12th-15th October!

Stéphanie Caslot
Domaine de la Chevalerie, Bourgueil
September 23, 2016

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Harvest began last Friday; we have picked our parcels of Pouilly-Fuissé on Solutré because of the small quantity and the advanced maturity. Alain is happy because we have some good surprises on the degrees but also on the quantity–we had very big grape clusters in spite of the hail in April. [Alain Normand is pictured above checking the degree of the Pouilly-Fuissé, at 12.5.]

The sun is doing its part, and we predict a beautiful harvest and perhaps a beautiful and good vintage.

Sylvaine Normand
Domaine Sylvaine & Alain Normand, Mâconnais
September 22, 2016

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Here a fantastic harvest is on! We are really happy with the result of this incredibly hard year!

Jean-Marc Sélèque
Champagne J-M Sélèque
September 22, 2016

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We will begin harvesting tomorrow, Thursday, September 22. The weather is beautiful and that will be the case during the entire harvest period–at least some good news!

Good maturity and perfect sanitary condition for the grapes. On the other hand, the yields will be catastrophic. I predict a harvest of 40-50 barrels when the norm is 180!!! I’ll keep you updated, but I expect that we will be finished by next Monday.

Jean-Pierre Charlot
Domaine Joseph Voillot, Burgundy
September 21, 2016

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The maturity of the grapes is not optimal, so we stopped harvesting and will start again next week. This is really a very bizarre year.

Françoise Le Calvez
Coupe Roses, Languedoc
September 21, 2016

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Crémant Rosé harvested Friday – very nice juice. And the Crémant blanc will be picked on Tuesday!

Mélanie Pfister
Domaine Pfister, Alsace
September 18, 2016

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I just finished harvest in Côtes du Rhône this morning. And I started Châteauneuf du Pape just after. A vintage with a lot of tannins, and it seems very colored.

Jérôme Mathieu
Domaine de Saje, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
September 15, 2016

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Harvest didn’t start yet – Friday is the D day! Crémant Rosé on the program. The last 6 weeks have been really, really dry. Our vines don’t suffer (except young vines), but some colleagues on sandy soils are complaining.

Mélanie Pfister
Domaine Pfister, Alsace
September 14, 2016

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Harvest: small, even if it’s not as bad as elsewhere. We didn’t get hail so far, spring frost on about 10% of the Domaine, we expect around 8,000 kgs per hectare which would make many colleagues envious.

We are having a superb weather for the moment and we may have some rain but not too much toward the end of the week. We don’t really need it but we have zero botrytis at that stage so it’s not a big problem. This could be a pretty good vintage.

Jean-Hervé Chiquet
Champagne Jacquesson
September 13, 2016

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Regarding vintage 2016, we plan to harvest at the end of September/beginning of October. Actually, there is a lack of water so we are waiting for a little bit of rain! Today is a really warm and sunny day, almost 36°C with hot winds coming from North Africa.

Mathilde Fournié
Château Haut Monplaisir, Cahors
September 12, 2016

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We have finished harvesting almost all the whites and they are pretty but not very plentiful. We will see when we are done the amount we have harvested, but I fear that we will have a significant cut in quantity.

Françoise Le Calvez
Coupe Roses, Languedoc
September 10, 2016

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As far as the harvest, it will be towards the 20th to the 25th. Things are ripening rather quickly and well. As far as quantity, we will have “just enough.” But we cannot complain given other regions such as Aube, for example. We have escaped frost, hail and mildew. We still have 2 weeks [before harvest], but for the moment everything is super here! As far as quality, I will have to let you know later.

Bertrand Lilbert
Champagne Lilbert-Fils
September 6, 2016

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Still hot and dry here – with some folk in the Languedoc now having finished their harvest. Our Syrah are starting to get fruity and the Grenache have sugar but are not yet ripe. Yields will be well down, especially for the Grenache which suffered at flowering and the drought since. What is there is in very good condition but all of nature is hanging out for some rain. In places tree leaves are going brown and when the Mistral blows wildfires are a real problem.

I am currently thinking we go with the reds (Syrah) the week starting 19th Sept. but the ripening can advance very quickly with these temperatures – still in the early 30s [Celsius] as we approach mid September. The pickers are hoping for cooler temperatures too.

Also tasted the 2015 reds today and they are looking full, ripe and with freshness. Blending them should be uplifting.

James King
Château Unang, Ventoux
September 6, 2016

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I expect to harvest our few (4!!!–just kidding) grapes between the 25th and 30th of September…or later. The harvest will be very small in the Bourgogne parcels and the Volnay and Pommard Villages. There will be a good volume in Champans, Cailleret, Rugiens, Pezerolles and the two Meursault parcels. …….all of this will need to be confirmed when the grapes are in the small tanks.

Jean-Pierre Charlot
Domaine Joseph Voillot, Burgundy
September 5, 2016

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Harvest starts tonight (4 a.m. to be fresh). One plot of Grenache blanc for Champs du Roy. It looks very qualitative and tasty. But this year it is very dry. We have little grapes (50% of the juice we had last year) on this plot. But quality is good, so we are positive. Harvest looks good! We will see. We keep you posted.

Sarah Frissant
Coupe-Roses, Languedoc
September 2, 2016

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Here with a very dry summer and almost no rain since last fall, the grapes are very little and the harvest risks to be small. The sanitary condition of the grapes is perfect, and we will see how the harvest turns out once September arrives.

Carole Salen
Domaine les Bastides, Provence
August 29, 2016

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The fact that July and August were torrid months would lead one to think that the harvest would start earlier, but the cooler-than-normal months of April, May and June result in a week’s delay. Also, the heavy and consistent rain of April and May promoted a poor fruit set – an average 35% less in the entire Douro Valley region.

Our harvest at Quinta do Tedo will start the 2nd week of September. Even with the above challenges faced during growing season, the quality looks great; the grapes are healthy, small berries packed with concentrated fruit and very tasty.

Kay Bouchard
Quinta do Tedo, Portugal
August 29, 2016

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The crop of fruit this year seems to be good, not a large quantity but the summer we are having is good for quality. So we will see the result at the end of September.

Maxime Lamiot
Domaine de la Couterie [our new Calvados producer]
August 25, 2016

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Vintage 2016 has been really hard. First we had some frost in Vertus, about 30 % loss, which is not so bad compared to Aube or Burgundy. Then the spring has been really wet, so the mildew pressure came early and has been really high all season. Maybe the highest pressure for a long time.

Flowering started around the 18th of June, firstly in wet conditions, but finished well, interesting to see the differences between early and late vineyards. Today early vineyards have more berries with rot due to stamens stuck inside the grapes. But thankfully we have dry conditions now, so the rot dries up and should fall.

Anyway we are looking now for perfect weather until the end of September, so this vintage will be worth all what we involved in it.

Jean-Marc Sélèque
Champagne J-M Sélèque
August 18, 2016