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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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