2020 Beaujolais Nouveau update ! (Last update 9/4)
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Harvest 2020 started again very early!!
It was on Thursday 19th that we officially started for the still wines. They had a very hot and extremely dry summer. But in the last 2
weeks some regular rainfall and cool nights helped the grapes to recover and enabled an optimum maturation. They have been very concerned as hail storms where predicted, but luckily they have been completely preserved from this kind of damages this year.
The vintage is starting under the best conditions and they are very confident regarding the quality. The first arrivals are showing quiet high sugar concentration and even, if less juice than usual, all signs are here for a great vintage.
Of course, as usual, it is early to have a definitive opinion, but our winemakers are confident that the results will be again on the upper scale of standards.
The Beaujolais and Beaujolais Villages areas are in very good conditions with rather small grapes full of sugar and in perfect sanitary conditions.
We are facing a hot summer again
After a very hot beginning of the month of June – we had some lower temperatures and rainfalls in the last days of the month. So the vineyards had some rest and could recover. The high temperatures are back again and we expect days at 30 to 32° C (86 to 88 Fahrenheit) this week. If vineyards are not suffering at the moment – we will need some cooler nights and additional rain in order to maintain the growth. Some rain is forecasted in the coming days – we just need to avoid any hail storms – so far we have been preserved.
Vines are nice and vigorous, the development is still ahead compared to standards. We need some dryer days to avoid the development of mildew that appeared in some areas. On the other hand with a couple of hot days coming up the situation will improve and we should be back on track.
Work in the vineyards
The growers follow the vineyard on a regular base especially fearing the appearance of mildew. Working ahead will enable us to reduce the number of treatments and make sure we maintain a perfect sanitary situation. Next to this main focus they work on the soil to grant best drainage and optimum water for the vines. We want to preserve as much leaves as possible to offer shade to the grapes for an optimum maturation. We will adjust this within the next 2 weeks according to the rain falls. So far we remain optimistic. With a couple of rain and cooler nights we could be very close to some exceptional vintages like 2015 or 2018.
As usual we are in hands of Mother Nature until now she looks to be generous with us – we just hope it will continue and we will be preserved from hail storms.
Picture: Young vines with grass in between to preserve soil and biodiversity, and Grapes still green but in perfect shape.