End of the harvest : first impressions on the vintage 2017
27 September 2017
A few hours after the end of the harvest, Jean-Pierre Rodet, the chief oenologist of the Maison, gives his impressions on the harvest and tasting of the first juices.
“After a very hot pre-harvest period, the rain just before the harvest was extremely beneficial for the Chardonnay from Mâconnais and the Gamay Noir from Beaujolais. The Chardonnay
presented a perfect sanitary condition with normal yields: the clusters were numerous but short. The first juices tasted allow us to anticipate very pleasant wines on the fruit with typicity.
Concerning the Beaujolais, the harvest conditions, mainly manual, were excellent. Despite very limited harvest in the areas hit by hailtstorms (Moulin-A-Vent, Fleurie and Morgon),
the other sectors provided beautiful clusters. The quality of the vintage 2017 will certainly sit between 2015 and 2016: more approachable than 2015, vintage carved for ageing wines, and deeper than 2016, vintage fruity and very pleasant.
After 2009, 2011 and 2015, 2017 will definitely enter the splendid quarter…