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Les vendanges 2011 sont terminées ! - harvest 2011 is over !
Well, believe it or not, we have crushed our fifth harvest. This one was quite special and ended after a long a unique farming season.
After a very warm spring where we thought we would harvest in August (and for that reason, we hardly did not take vacation), temperatures went back to early Spring ones in July, stopping the grapes in their maturation process. Eventually, early birds like Syrah which are usually in advance came to maturity a bit in advance and the latest maturity ones like Carignan and Grenache were picked a bit later than usual.
Collin (who is a wonderful chef) has found one of those precious white grapes (Roussanne) which come into our Mistral blend
This means 6 weeks of harvest mood and even if we did not pick every day, that constant pressure regarding weather, check on maturity has been a bit nerve racking.
During harvest, we also had to cope with a series of mechanical issues (flat tire, press engine dead and a couple of other unexpected events) and this has also participated to make this harvest quite a long one.
Weather has been hot and, for the first time, we have harvested by night and also, for the fun of watching a beautiful Rouge-Bleu sunrise above Mont Ventoux.
Finally, our best reward to all our efforts and even if those grapes have been harvested during the longest and hottest work day was when we have harvest the most beautiful (80 years old !) Grenache ever in 5 years and I can say now that there will be a Lunatique wine made in 2011. Here are, thanks to Deb, a couple pictures of that memorable afternoon (click to enlarge)
Actually, besides Lunatique, all our 2011 tanks look great at this point. And even if we worked hard, we still have fun times like this memorable "crush bikini danse"
So, let's say "Hi 5" for celebrating the end of this 2011 harvest, no doubt that we will clap with our own two hands before we even realise it....