2020, a calmer vintage, full of roundness and balance
After a 2019 marked by massive and concentrated wines, the exceptionally early 2020 vintage marks the return of fresher wines with great balance.
The dry and very hot summer of 2019 required a rainy winter to allow water reserves to be replenished. This was the case from October to December 2019 with a cumulative rainfall of 400 to 500 mm depending on the area, then with a particularly wet late spring. The winter temperatures were quite mild which led to a very early bud break. The spring remained very mild, confirming the great precocity of the vintage with flowering in mid-May. Rainfall was almost absent from mid-June to the beginning of August, until several rainy episodes prevented any risk of water stress. The summer was hot but not scorching. The veraison started at the end of July and was very fast.
The first plots of white grapes were harvested in the third week of August and those of Syrah in early September. Around September 20th, some rain (40 to 60 mm) delayed the harvesting, slowing down the accumulation of sugars but accelerating the phenolic ripening of the Grenache and Mourvèdre. The harvest continued serenely until mid-October, no weather episode interrupting it, and the winegrowers were able to harvest each of their plots at the optimum of their maturity. The grapes were very healthy and required little sorting. The alcoholic fermentations took place without any problems.