Our very last grapes harvested : Grenache on the rocks !
After 4 weeks of long days and and incredible weather (even some rains that were expected to finalize maturity), we have brought all our grapes to the cellar.
After the rosé break, we started the reds with the Syrah on 09/12 which were very mature. Right after the first fermentation, I could smell those beautiful banana ferment aromas. Then, we have continued with the Grenache-Mourvèdre block and finished with the Carignan. In the mid-harvest, some rains came and did not disturb at all the quality since the grapes were in perfect sanitary state It even permitted to contunue the maturation of the Grenache which suffered a bit from a hot summer, even if our deep rooted vines with low yield production are permit to avoid hydric stress.
In prevision of this great opportunity, I had kept a small homogeneous block of 65 yeras old Grenache planted "on the rocks" which has eventually given us the most beautiful juice we could have hoped. I then decided to vinify those grapes separately and create a very special "cuvée" that I won't probably do every year so I need to find a name for this.
To give you some working materials, I will declassify this wine into "Vin de Table" (the lowest level in the wine classification in France) as those grapes are "oficially" in Vin de Pays...and that, for me, those grapes would have their seat in the most prestigious Rhône "Crus". So using their regular "appellation" has no sense and I will rather declassif them to make them look special.
We have also harvested at Domaine du Banneret (my Uncle's vineyard in Châteauneuf du Pape) and there again, all was very beautiful. It actually reminded me the incredible 1989 harvest which was the first for Banneret and when my very first love story with wine started to drive me eventually here.
Here are many (no less than 17) videos of this memorable period :