2019 Cold sweats for a 2019 vintage on gluttony
The 2019 vintage is another revelatory one in the ongoing series, “Chronicles of a Deregulated Climate,” that defines the past two decades of climatic conditions in the vineyards.
After the heat waves and droughts of these past few years, the winter of 2019 was particularly mild in the Mâconnais. Once again, the risk of spring frost was imminent. Rain fell at the start of April, followed two days later by a clear, star-studded night, without a cloud in sight to help conserve any heat in the atmosphere. And as predicted, on April 4th the still humid, just emerging buds were frosted. A large portion of parcels at the bottom of the slope of the Mâconnais and Beaujolais were hit hard. For our domaine, a young vineyard was 100% damaged, and the Clos de Grand Père lost 60% of its production. Very fortunately, the slopes where most of our vines are located were saved at 90-95%. We remained at risk for other episodes of frost through the end of April, but drier conditions saved the young buds despite the continued negative temperatures (C°) that ensued. Flowering began in early June, with a hot and dry summer to follow, and harvest began on September 10th, finishing on the 21st. In the end, yields were down mostly due to the colder spring’s effect at flowering. But we’re happy to enjoy the results of this beautiful vintage, full of charm and character. Cheers!!