A new year, a new vintage. So what happened in 2013 ?
A cold and rainy winter
Cold and rain characterise the winter of 2013.Temperatures were well below average. There was a period of snow in January, which is quite a rarity in the south. The month of March was exceptionally rainy. At the end of winter, budding was around ten days later than usual.
Spring is delayed
From budding to flowering, the cold and rain returned. At the start of May, there was a slight softening of the weather, with more pleasant temperatures allowing the vegetation to flourish. By contrast, the end of the month was very chilly (the coldest since 1950). Under these conditions, the time delay at the start of the spring was never caught up. Flowering began at the start of June with a delay of more than ten days.
Good weather arrives with summer
With temperatures recovering at the end of June, the vines were finally able to use the reserves of water stored since autumn and to grow with more vigour. However, coulure and millerandage (damage to flowers and young grapes) were seen affecting all grape varieties but especially the grenache vines. Summer was almost perfect. The temperatures were high, but not a heatwave, there were small storms at the end of July and beginning of August, the nights were cool, all these factors made for a vintage of real quality. The change in colour of the red grapes still took place ten days later than average but the grapes were beautiful and the vines were in great condition.
They started on September 11 th , still ten days later than normal. The harvest was rather condensed, the late ripening grapes were almost mature at the same time as the more precocious varieties. There was no rain and the vinification passed without any real problems, well balanced musts, finesse and a beautiful freshness being evident. 2013 proclaims itself as a really lovely vintage... And without any added SO 2 as ever...
Work progresses in the vines
In 2013 we continued to graft more Carignan with stock from various nurseries. We also grafted some Aramon Noir and Aramon Gris as well as Clairette Musquée onto the American rootstock planted three years ago. A lovely parcel of gobelet vines is starting to take shape. In 2014, we will start the planting of trees and shrubs around the vines to improve the biodiversity of the area (we expect 1000 trees and plants in three years). The vines will be able to develop in a healthier space. Like a haven of greenery...