Wednesday, 2 October 2013

A few words on the 2013 harvest from Chateau Mont-Redon's Jerome Abeille

Posted by Giles Burke-Gaffney, Buying Director

'After a very cold and rainy spring which lasted until mid July, warm days have finally arrived throughout August and early September. However sunshine has not been sufficient enough to compensate the late summer arrival. Due to these very unusual weather conditions, the maturity of the grapes are approximately three weeks behind a normal year.

On Monday 23rd of September, a small team conducted by Yann started to harvest some whites and then the Syrah. The remainder of our small Portuguese team are arriving shortly to help with the harvest as well. The first vats of white are very aromatic and the Syrah show a very nice colour although it is still too early to judge.

Nice weather for the upcoming fifteen days will be necessary to reach a nice vintage. Either way this harvest will be small in terms of volume because of poor Grenache flowering; around 40% of it was lost.

At our Riotor property in Provence, harvest is much further ahead and we are about two-thirds of the way through. Quantities are more satisfactory than in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, but will most likely stay at the level of 2012; i.e 25% under normal yield again

The qualities so far are very nice and the fruit has very bright violet hints. We anticipate this vintage will be as qualitative as 2012 and probably even better!'