by François Cazin.
This will have been my 40th vintage at Petit Chambord. Each year is of course different, but 2016 might hold a world record for "year of all excess":
-The worst will have been a long period of frost, from the 17th to the 27th of April
-A "monsoon" from mid-May to mid-June, culminating in over 200mm of rain.
-Mildew Pressure during flowering
-An incredibly dry July to September
-A heatwave in late August that burned grapes
At least we had good weather for the harvest, which took place from September 26th to October 10th. It took just 9 days to pick what nature left us, about 25% of a normal harvest. Fortunately, the quality is there, which very good maturities. The small rain on September 15th rejuvenated the vines a little, which was fortunate.
The results are a lovely Cheverny Rosé, 100% direct press, as the yields were too low to properly macerate and make reds. There will only be one cuvée of Cour-Cheverny, as the Romorantin particularly suffered from the frost (only 8 hl/h harvested.) The quality, however is very promising, with a lot of concentration thanks to the eastern winds in early October.
We ended up with a very pleasant fall, which we took advantage of to cultivate the vines and work the soils.