Harvest began on September 22nd, when our vineyard workers began picking the replacement vines and the young plants. Early last week, our group of Danish and Belgian students arrived to complete the group.
This happy procession of harvesters picked almost all the Merlot parcels. Every morning, the berries are tasted in the vineyard in order to determine the parcels that will be collected the next day, according to the evolution of the observed ripeness.
What can we say today regarding the future of the 2010 vintage?
- We see a high degree of alcohol, around 14 to 15° for the Merlots, 13.5 to 14° for the Cabernets
- A higher potential for tannins than that of 2009
- A nice level of acidity, with a fairly low pH level compared to last year, and delicate aromas of fresh fruit
With these 3 factors of balance in our favor, this combination gives us a glimpse of a remarkable vintage.
Now we need to wait and see how the juice will express itself, evolving inside of each of our stainless steel tanks...
Fermentation has almost finished in the tanks that received the first grapes picked. New indicators are soon going to allow us to confirm our first impressions...to be continued!