And if 2019 was the Dream? The Year?

And if 2019 was the Dream? The Year?

By Mounir Saouma I am the person who refuses to comment vintages before end of malolactic, which is 18 months after harvest, but we are living something exceptional this Year here between Burgundy and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and i would like to share with you. We had lot of rain early in the season, impossible to spray or work the soil, Than we had 5 months of no rain, very very dry. But vineyard did not stop living and working, new baby leaves, almost no any sign of water stress, this was the first Surprise,…Read more
2017 Vintage : how terribly meager yields can give birth to a Naturally Great Year !

2017 Vintage : how terribly meager yields can give birth to a Naturally Great Year !

If we look at the half empty glass - or tank -, frustration, and even sadness, will overwhelm us : historically small yields in France. The lowest of the post-war years. Cellars are empty. Clearly, one has to state that climate hazards, methodically, worked against us this year, in a succession of definitely adverse events : an abnormally cool spring caused frost, then grape shatter, on all of Rhone cépages, and, more particularly, Grenache. This cruel Spring followed up on a dauntingly dry summer… In the end, the yields in juice are tragically…Read more
Vallée du Rhône 2015 by Michel Tardieu

Vallée du Rhône 2015 by Michel Tardieu

Vintage in "5", vintage which bring good luck. Often... Spell of the years in «5»? The fact is that, in recent decades, Vintages ending in «5» –1985, 1995, 2005, and 2015– , carry success stories, in Vallée du Rhône, but also, more generally, in the whole of the Vineyards of France. It must be said that 2015 put the odds on its side, with almost optimal climatic conditions for each and every season of the year! Thus, winter is rainy, allowing vines to benefit from good water reserves. Spring awakening is somewhat late…Read more