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Indication Géographique Protégée

2019, Structure, colour, healthy grapes : A superb vintage

2019 witnessed a normal rainy spring, after an exceptionally rainy spring in 2018.

The autumn and winter rainfalls (460 mm) launched the vegetative period and provided the soils with good water reserves. April and May were moderately cold, marked by fast -and then suddenly slow- growing periods. This phenomenon can trigger coulure (= failure of the fruit to set. The growing season was very with only 158 mm total rainfall (against 530 mm in 2018 and 185 mm in 2017). It was also very hot, with 7 every 10 days exceeding 30°C (86°F) between 1st June and 15th September. At the end of June, a heat wave hit the region, peaking at 44.3°C (111.2°F) on 28th June.

In the face of these extreme weather conditions, the foliage did rather well. The water shortage however impacted the size of the berries that remained comparatively small. By harvest time, the grapes were showing a beautiful sanitary state albeit a low yield in juice. The 15 mm rainfall on 18 September was rather welcome and allowed the grenache grapes to reach phenolic maturity. The yield is slightly up from average, compared to the last few years.

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Archives / Millesimes

2010

2010, QUANTITATIVELY LOW BUT QUALITATIVELY HIGH

With an average yield of 27 hl/ha (for 35 hl/ha authorised in the appellation’s specifications), the 2010 vintage will be remembered as one of the lowest in terms of volumes produced, and one of the highest in terms of the quality of the grapes harvested and the wines made from them.

2011

2011, EXCEPTIONAL CONDITIONS FOR THE HARVEST

With a normal yield estimated at 33hl/ha, the 2011 harvest in Châteauneuf-du-Pape returns to its quantity standards, leaving behind the last few years of low volume crops. Even if the wines are not finished yet, we already have a good idea of the quality of 2011. The weather conditions during the harvest helped immensely, allowing the grapes to be picked at optimal maturity.

2012

2013

 2013, IS AN EIGHTIES’ VINTAGE

The vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape gave birth to a 2013 vintage marked by late maturities, and very similar to the ones of the 80’s in many respects. Though safe from the worst effects of the weather conditions that affected many regions -notably hail- it is characterized by low yields and an atypical balance in which fruit prevails over strength.

2014

2014, A VINTNER’S VINTAGE

The 2014 vintage in Châteauneuf-du-Pape is what is commonly called a “vintner’s vintage”, in the sense that the work done in the vines all along the seasons was a key factor to achieve a great result. The working year – which started early in the spring and finished late in the autumn – was an exhausting year, where experience and anticipation proved to be precious allies to produce beautiful grapes.

2015

2015, A GENEROUS VINTAGE

Marked by several periods of strong heat and a few timely thundery storms, the 2015 vintage in Châteauneuf-du-Pape may already and in all aspects be qualified as generous. Generous in colour, generous in structure, in ripeness. Generous also in quantity, a rare occurrence for an appellation known for its low yields.

2016

2016, A FABULOUS VINTAGE

As autumn is drawing to a close and the wine presses have been washed and put away, the first wines tasted before being blended confirm what had been sensed: 2016 is going to be a fabulous vintage! And if some compare it to the magnificent 2010, some others do not hesitate to go as far as the famous star-vintage 1990… Either way, the evidence that we are witnessing the making of a great vintage is clear.

2017

2017, A RARE AND EXCELLENT VINTAGE

Exceptional in many aspects, 2017 witnessed weather records that led to an early and small harvest. The main characteristic of this vintage however is certainly the outstanding quality of the wines produced. Well