Dear wine lovers,
2 weeks of harvest have gone and all our grapes are now inside our tanks. Pictures of this memorable time will be posted soon in a few albums.
This vintage has been quite different from the hot and windy one in 2007. A cool Spring-Summer, some rains in the beginning of September have delayed the maturity. Then, the winemaker has to make a decision : Either taking the risk of getting more rains and having rot development on the grapes or picking some grapes in a good sanitary state a little early. And as our harvest team was here and ready, it has helped me to opt for the second option.
But the very main reason why I took this decision is because I had decided to make some rosé this year. The high acidity, the good sanitary state of the grapes the reasonable alcohol potential are in fact the perfect conditions to produce this wine. And from a guy coming from Provence, rosé is a must !
Eventually, it looks like our red tanks are fermenting nicely. As I always say, wine is balance and I am sure we will find the right one to produce a Dentelle and a Mistral in 2008.
And as a conclusion, I would like to say that I am in fact very happy that the 2008 vintage does not look like 2007. We are wine lovers because we know that each year will be a different story of a book that has just begun.
Jean-Marc - Domaine Rouge-Bleu
PS : Our Mistral 2007 has been bottled and some palets have been already shipped. You can check where to find our wines here. As for the Dentelle 2007, I have the huge pleasure to announce you that it has been listed in the famous Guide Hachette des Vins 2009 (after already having rewarded by a Silver in the Paris Agricultural fair).