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                                                                                                                                                                                                       The harvests began in the last
                                                                                                                                                                                                       week of August, seven to ten
                                                                                                                                                                                                       days early, depending on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                       area, in relation to the previous
                                                                                                                                                                                                       End of August: beginning of
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the harvests with the whites in
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Costières de Nîmes, as well as
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the Merlots for our “no added
                                                                                                                                                                                                       sulphur” cuvée from Château
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Grand Escalion. Chardonnays
                                                                                                                                                                                                       and Sauvignons in the Hérault
                                                                                                                                                                                                       and the Gard.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       September harvesting of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                       grapes in all of the Rhône Valley
                                                                                                                                                                                                       appellations: Plan de Dieu,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cairanne, Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       End of September end of
                                                                                                                                                                                                       harvests with the Gigondas

             The creative phase                               together  with the  teams.  For Véronique,
                                                              the 2020 vintage will be a reflection of this
             Now that the vats are all filled, the teams      – “sweet and smooth” – as if to remind us
             begin the maturation and blending of the         that the sun always shines after the rain!
             wines. “The team and I particularly  enjoy
             this  creative process. It is  the crowning
             moment of  the whole year, when we
             complete the work that began in the vines.”
             It requires  many  hours  of  tasting and
             blending. All of the members of the team
             are  involved.  The  creation of  a  vintage
             involves ideas,  thoughts and feelings.                                First tastings                                                                                                     Reception of the harvest at the Domaine de Longue Toque
                                                                                    The first white vinified juices
             Beyond  technical  aspects,  a  vintage is                             are aromatic, with no heaviness
             a  human adventure.  2020 brought  its                                 and very harmonious, combining
             own  particular difficulties, but also                                 freshness and concentration. The
             some  magnificent  harvests  with  quality                             rosés are fresh and moreish, while
                                                                                    the reds have elegant tannins
             grapes and some special moments spent                                  and spicy notes. The vintage is
                                                                                    proving itself to be of very high
                                                                                    quality, with wines offering a very
                                                                                    beautiful aromatic expression.
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