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                    The stars aligned for the

                                   2020 VINTAGE

                     This year has been like no other, with the health crisis significantly impacting
                     human activities. Véronique Torcolacci, Wine Quality & Purchasing Director,
                             talks about the 2020 harvests and the promise of this vintage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Harvest in the early morning in Châteauneuf du Pape

                                                                                                                                    With the effects of global warming, we have      The promise of the 2020 vintage
                                                                                                                                    seen harvests begin earlier and earlier in
                                                                                                                                    recent years. In order to avoid the effects      It is too early to describe the 2020 vintage.
                                                                                                                                    of oxidation on the grapes and a rise in the     However,  Véronique  has already detected
                                                                                                                                    temperature  of  the  juices,  with  hot  days   very silky reds,  with smoothness  and
                                                                                                                                    continuing into late August and September,       sweetness  in the tannins. The  2020
                                                                                                                                    we are increasingly working in the cooler        vintage  promises  reds  with  fruity and
                                                                                                                                    hours of the night. It is essential to carry out   spicy  notes, and fresh  wines,  which  are
                                                                                                                                    analyses in order to know when to harvest        ready  to  drink  and will easily accompany
                      ach  vintage is  the result of a subtle   An early vintage                                                    each grape variety. For Véronique: “We need      your meals.   As for  the  whites, Maison
                                                                                                                                                                                     Gabriel Meffre has maintained an excellent
                      and  complex interplay of  various                                                                            to be ever more adaptable and attentive to the   balance of  aromas, as  well as  between
                      factors. This year, the harvests began   “The situation  was similar  to 2017. We had                         needs of the vines each year. It is up to us to   ampleness and freshness, for airy wines.
             Eparticularly early due  to a fairly  hot        to work fast with the harvests of the white                           change the way we do things in order to find     For lovers of rosés, the Rhône valley offers
             spring and summer. The harvests in the northern   grapes,  because, from  an aromatic  point  of                       the best harvest dates, and blend varieties      some superb alternatives  to  wines from
             and southern parts of the Rhône Valley began at   view, the hotter  it  is  the  more aromas  are                      early or late, in order to obtain quality juices.   Provence, in terms of both taste and price.
             the same time, which is unusual.  The stars were   altered. So, to preserve the varieties' typicity,                   Nothing  is  set in  stone: what is  true  one   Our Côtes du Rhône are set  to be  very
             aligned this year, with hot temperatures, plenty   we had to begin early, as there was no time                         year may not be the next. It's a fascinating     aromatic,  with  beautiful pale  shades.
             of sunshine, not much mistral  wind and  low     to lose! It is just as well we did, because the                       challenge, which puts us through our paces!”
             humidity levels providing ideal conditions for   aromatic profiles are very expressive, in
             a "perfect state of health," in Véronique's words.  particular  the Viognier,  a delicate variety,
                                                              which is  bursting  with  notes  of  apricot  and
                                                              white flowers in the vat,” explains Véronique.
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