2015, a generous vintage
Marked by several periods of strong heat and a few timely thundery storms, the 2015 vintage is generous in colour, generous in structure, in ripeness. Generous also in quantity, a rare occurrence for an appellation known for its low yields.
Favourable weather conditions all year long meant that the 2015 crop reached ripeness in excellent conditions, and the thundery storms mid-September did not affect the quality of what already appeared to be an excellent vintage.
The 2015 white Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines exhale notes of white and yellow blossom (lime blossom, acacia), the colour is golden, the mouth feel generous, fruity and full. In contrast to the 2014 white Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which offers great ageing potential, the 2015 vintage –with its low acidity- can easily be drunk now.
The 2015 red Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines have beautiful deep, dark and already shiny colours. The aromas –mostly black fruit- remain fresh, a proof that the fruit has been harvested at its optimal ripeness. The tannins are there – silky and smooth, fine and elegant. The wines are balanced, fruity, enjoyable, and definitely set to age well and for many years. Still, they bear all the necessary qualities to be drunk in their prime youth, just like the 1990, 1998 and 2010 vintages.
2014, a vintner’s vintage
2014 was an exhausting year, where experience and anticipation proved to be precious allies to produce beautiful grapes. After a mild and rainy winter came a dry and hot spring. Because of a summer punctuated with weekly rainfalls, cool nights and hours of sunshine below average, the vintage lost its early potential to become one of the latest ones in the decade. But the happy result of a coolish summer following a rather warm spring was the perfect matching of the phenolic and technological maturities of the various grapes. Juices are fruity, well balanced, with an alcohol content slightly under average (1%), rounded on the palate, with fine, melted tannins. The whites are showing excellent acidity, they are sharp and mineral and will give out their full potential as they age, for those who will be patient enough to keep them in their cellars!
2013, a “1980’s” style
Spared by climatic factors that have affected many regions, the 2013 vintage is characterized by low yields and relatively atypical balances, where the fruit trumps power. This combination of cool weather and wet air has resulted in delaying the start of vegetative vines and cause high grenache drip. Weather conditions of the summer 2013 have been good, but insufficient to catch up in the spring. The late 2013 vintage is marked by lowest production with an average yield of 26h/ha in the appellation.
The harvest started on the second half of September and took place in excellent conditions. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentations were completed quickly, paving the way for red wines whose balance reminiscent of the mid-1980’s, with good acidity, moderate alcohol levels and the fruity grenaches. The white wines have a beautiful aromatic freshness (citrus, white flowers, exotic fruits) and taste. They have a very good aging potential.