By Catherine Roussel
SEPTEMBER 16th, 2012:
Here's my first recap of the microscopic harvest of 2012: the smallest vintage I've ever seen... And ok, I'll admit I'm not 60 yet, but I've got over 40 harvests under my belt!!!
...All that to say that there will be no Sauvignon n°2 in 2012. We were only able to gather 25 measly hectoliters, which Dider will vinify as n°5. We're waiting a week to harvest the gamays, I'll let you know what happens...
The constant rain that did so much damage in the vines this June and July is now what we're desperately missing! The few grapes that resisted against mildew have very little juice. It's depressingly beautiful out (us peasants are never happy!), which is great to dry the laundry but terrible for me since I can't go picking mushrooms. It's really a year of nothing!
...15 days after harvesting the sauvignons, we started with the gamay (Thursday, the 27th). The 33mm that fell between the 21st and 26th helped plump up the skinny berries. Yields are mediocre, but better than the Sauvignon (more juice), we'll know exact quantities when everything is in barrel.
The next day, we harvested the Pineau D'Aunis, and finally we had some fun! Our harvesters were happy to actually be picking big, plentiful berries full of juice… Alleluia! Because the grapes are very ripe and clean, Didier has decided to only make Arpent Rouge this year, so no rosé in 2012... Yields were too low to make both.
We're back to constant warm days and cold nights. We worry, because if the vines get hit with frost again, the very little bit of Côt and Cabernet left will have a really hard time ripening correctly.
I hope our team of harvesters doesn't decide to drop us. Working 2 days every 15 days isn't very motivating…
See you next time for part 3!