Harvests report

Grape harvest report 2013

Grape harvest report 2013

2013 : A historically late vintage with perfect balance

The 2013 harvest of Maison M.Chapoutier in Northern Rhône Valley ended on October 12th. As every year, the full harvest report is now available in order to get the highlights of the year 2013 in the vineyards from Côte Rôtie to St Péray.

Michel Chapoutier: "Just like Maison M. Chapoutier ‘s arms, the 2013 vintage will be very “Fac et spera”. It took us a lot of patience with the nature and great boldness in our observations and choices. Photographs of a grape variety in a specific vintage on a given terroir, the single-vineyards wines will reveal great surprises this year. The first surprise comes from the white wines that almost show a Burgundian balance, which does not bother me at all! "

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Grape harvest report 2012

Grape harvest report 2012

Comments from Maison M.Chapoutier / December 12th, 2012 « The 2012 Vintage : Pure Rhône Classicism. » An early vegetative nipped in the bud « After a 2011-2012 w (...)

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Grape harvest report 2011

« A 2011 harvest in Rhone Valley both early and late: a paradox! » Michel Chapoutier Earliness Nature "woke up" around March 25 with an early and rather homogeneous budding. The very strong vegetative growth gave a flowering that was among the earliest in Rhône (around (...)

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Grape harvest report 2010

Grape harvest report 2010

2010 started with a warm and dry spring until the Icelandic erupting volcano. Then the climate became cool and rainy for some weeks. This is the reason why 2010 is a year which tends to fresher vintages such as 1996. I. NORTHERN CÔTES-DU-RHÔNE a. The Viticultural season – Harvesting The vegetative growing was (...)

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Grape harvest report 2009

Northern Côtes-du-Rhône: extraordinary weather conditions Winter was harsh but of good omen because the cold weather helps eradicate a great number of grape vine parasites (such as acaroids, cryptogams…). Spring, the stage when the vine is growing, was sunny and moist enough to be optimal. With few diseases resulting in few treatments, ther (...)

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Grape harvest report 2008

The 2008 vintage in the Rhone Valley: a vintage of « Terroirs » and Men This is a late vintage, or rather a vintage of return to normal. Indeed, we had been used to harvest more precociously for several years. In 2008, harvesting started on the Hermitage with the Marsanne variety of the “Méal” plot on 25th September. This (...)

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Grape harvest report 2007

Côtes du Rhône North Following a historically warm autumn, the extreme mildness continued throughout the whole winter, which was hardly punctuated by cold periods at all. Due to the warmest month of April that we experienced since 50 years, the vines showed signs of growth on the 20th of March, whereas in 2006 bu (...)

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Grape harvest report 2006

Northern Côtes du Rhône The different stages of phenological development (budbreak, flowering and veraison) among the vines of the Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage vineyards took place earlier than the average and, as such, were fairly identical to those of 2005. For the early-maturing areas of the Hermitage vi (...)

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Grape harvest report 2006 (Australia)

Mount Benson Region (South Australia) Domaine TOURNON The 2006 Vintage in Mount Benson could be characterized as a mild growing season, below average yields and very long end of maturation period wish have been very positive for the Shiraz . The winter and spring rains were above average and most vineyards used no irrigation through the start of the gr (...)

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Grape harvest report 2005

Phenologic and climatic results for the vintage 2005 was a very dry year and the winter climatic results for 2005 show a major shortage of precipitation. The winter of 2005 was a cold one (- 7°C recorded in early March in Tain l’Hermitage), without much rain, and rainfall stood at more than 30% below normal in some areas. The (...)

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Grape harvest report 2005 (Australia)

Tournon Mount Benson The 2005 Vintage in Mount Benson could be characterised as a mild growing season, below average yields and very end of maturation period wish have been very positive for the reds varieties. The winter and spring rains were above average and most vineyards used no irrigation through the start of the growing season and did not suffer (...)

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Grape harvest report 2004

Côtes du Rhône North The 2004 vintage weather conditions; After a 2003 vintage that was characterized by a summer heat wave and an exceptionally early harvest (August), we were all anticipating a more temperate year. 2004 started with the winter of sufficient rainfall to enable the soil to replenish its water reserve lost over the su (...)

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Grape harvest report 2003

After the rainy 2002 vintage, 2003 was the exact opposite, being very hot and very dry. Weather conditions were extreme; firstly the water deficit was very significant because between January and early September, date of the first rain, we received only 10% of the usual rainfall for this period in TAIN L'HERMITAGE. Water reserves were good at the start of the vegetation period (...)

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Grape harvest report 2002

After a year of little sunshine and much rain, the 2002 vintage has proved to be a difficult one. However, all the efforts made in our vineyards have meant that the M. Chapoutier family business may now be entirely satisfied with the exemplary quality of its grape harvests. The Biodynamic agricultural practises employed in our vineyards involve a very considerable amount of wo (...)

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Grape harvest report 2001

We benefited from good moisture in the spring, which lasted through to mid-July. From August onwards, temperatures rose in the Rhône Valley and the summer was dry. On the other hand, September was cool and had the effect of slowing down the ripening process. Harvesting thus took place much later in the North - where picking began on September 24th and finished on October (...)

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Grape harvest report 2000

The Year 2000 has proved to be a great one for us, and for the second year running, the grape harvest was exceptionally bounteous. The weather conditions at the start of the growing cycle were not all that exceptional, characterised by regular and abundant rain. Nevertheless, a particularly hot end to the Summer brought our crops to burgeoning maturity. If the Northern grape (...)

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Grape harvest report 1999

Côtes du Rhône North : a Good Year for Syrah The august rains helped to produce a good build-up of sugar and, in spite of an abundant harvest, there was no delay in repening. We therefore began harvesting the first of « Marsanne » grapes in Hermitage on 13 September 1999, with potential alcohol levels of 14%, ie rou (...)

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Grape harvest report 1998

The dry summer, with drought conditions affecting both the northern and southern areas, was broken by 30 mm of rain at the start of September after which the grapes started ripening at breakneck speed. The grape harvest began on the 17th of September in the north and the 23rd of September in the south. Firstly, it should be mentioned that quantities in 98 were extremely (...)

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Grape harvest report 1997

1997 Vintage: The golden anniversary of 1947 After a dry winter, an early spring that was hot and dry, a summer with cool June and July months and an exceptional August and September, the 1997 harvest gave us little cause for concern. The harvest began on the 16th of September in the north and the 22nd of September in the south The anticyclo (...)

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Grape harvest report 1996

On this 8th of October, 1996 we have just finished a grape harvest that went extremely well. It is true that we had a less sunny summer than usual, however we did receive rainfall that was generally within the norms, with significant drought in the north up until June. All of these factors combined produced a more abundant leaf canopy, that helped with photosynthesis. Due to (...)

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Grape harvest report 1995

The curves on the temperature graphs over 1995 were excellent. A cool, late spring made for flowering under perfect conditions. We did, however, see some coulure (fruit set failure) on the Grenache. The 1995 summer was noteworthy for its drought and scorching temperatures. It should be noted that in the Rhone valley’s granite areas, vineyards worked with chemic (...)

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