2020: A Vintage Full of Promise
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2020: A Vintage with Only Two Seasons:
2020 will forever be remembered for its unprecedented sanitary crisis. In our world of wine, it will also be remembered for how precocious it was.
In the vines:
The 2019-2020 winter was the warmest in France since the beginning of the 20th century. As expected, mild winters tend to invite rain and the area witnessed many important downfalls that assured the soils would have solid hydric reserves.
March began just how February ended, with two weeks of almost non-stop rain and moderate temperatures. The second half of March was cold, but not cold enough to reverse course and stop the vegetal cycle from starting very early. A cold snap in April halted
Above average temperatures persisted. By the end of April, the vines were two weeks in advance compared to a usual year. The vines kept growing through May. It's almost like 2020 is trying to become the year of reference for a precocious
The rains of May finally reactivated
June's weather was more gloomy than May's, with covered skies, rain and lower temperatures than usual. The
We began picking on September 7th with the most precocious
First impressions of the vintage:
The wines are well rounded and show remarkable
The reds show a color of deep ruby and nuances of purple. The
In the end, it is a very promising
A Much Needed 2020 at Luneau-Papin
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September 30th, 2020:
The world seems affected and infected by a terrible virus which is multiplying at high speed. At the
While the vineyard team is busy, at the office it's a different atmosphere. While Sabine, Lydie and I became part-time school teachers (like many others) the fairs, visits and international trips are canceled. Customers around the world are in slow motion. We reinvented ourselves from the start of containment in France thanks to the support of our friends and customers with regular deliveries to Nantes. By activating our networks, we were able to cover some of the stock from usual orders we were not receiving.
There is no partial unemployment at the
Phew, here we are in mid-July, the vines are superb and the sky too. We are talking about harvesting in mid-August (with all that that entails with most people on vacation!) But the season is very beautiful and the vines are slowing their pace. Whatever happens, the
End of summer/fall 2020 :
On August 24, the permanent team of the
During these 13 consecutive days of
In terms of the balance of the juices, it is a real relief not seen for many
2020: The Most Precious Vintage in Eight Generations
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We just finished up the
A Good, Socially Distanced 2020 At Santuvario
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We are doing well and the
We have just finished the
We are attaching two photos:
A warm greeting and a big hug,
Some Nice Photos from 2020 at Cascina 'Tavijn
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Some Pictures from Cantina Giardino's 2020
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A Very Interesting 2020 At Domaine de La Pépière
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September 22nd, 2020:
We are almost done with
Over the last decade, it has been very hard to understand how climate change will affect us in the long term; 2020 was the most precocious
So we started picking on August 24th, under a sun that stayed with us through the entire
We harvested the grapes for the "Briords"
We started our second week (still in August, Monday the 31st) in the
On Monday, September 7th, we picked the vines above the
We harvested the
When you think that you harvested some of your reds on a date when, 20 or 30 years ago, a
2020 Vineyard and Dog Update from Matassa
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August 27th, 2020:
We have just finished the 2020
Unfortunately Palkia, our beloved black labrador died in her sleep in May which left us all distraught but Arzak was completely lost until we took in a little braque puppy, Ina who had been left in a box outside a local refuge in
A 2020 Full of New Suprises at Renardat-Fâche!
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October 14th, 2020:
The best way to resume 2020 is precocious. After a spring that couldn't wait like most of us in confinement, the vegetation went into warp speed.
Lots of new things in Mérignat!
It's a "20"
- A still
The more serious work began on the 2nd when our full team of lovely harvesters joined us. For 12 days, they picked
We are very excited to see where these go!
Valérie Forgues' 2020
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Obviously, this was not a year we could have imagined... For us, there was a huge gap in our commercial responsibilities (which all but collapsed) and our work on the vines and soils, something we are ever improving. Since I was confined to my home, I might as well spend all my attention on the vines.
Last year I could already feel that we were getting much better at mastering the soil work; our results in 2020 are congruent with this progress. We've invested more in the tools we need and are really ready to grab the bull by the horns. 2020 was the year my vines started showing renewed vigor. This was a true, genuine pleasure.
But of course, it was yet another difficult year to manage, from heavy rain to
On the other hand, one of of my hardest to work
Now it's time to be hyper-vigilant with the
I'm working on it!