As we write, we believe the 2005 harvest will provide the opportunity of making some superlative blends… and probably vintage champagne
Following a cold dry winter, bud break began in April. Moderate temperatures and rainfall from April to June supported good growth with flowering in mid-June. Fruit set quickly due to the extremely fine weather.
Without being an especially hot summer in general, July 2005 was quite warm but wet, while August was dry but cooler than usual. These conditions helped steady healthy vine development and then a very hot period from the 26th of August led to acelerated ripening. Harvesting in September took place in ideal conditions with sunny days and cool nights.
Initial tasting sessions have confirmed that the Chardonnays are indeed excellent wines with very. The Pinot Noirs are and are particularly first-rate from the grand cru vineyards where they were able to ripen perfectly.
As we write, we believe the 2005 harvest will provide the opportunity of making some superlative blends… and probably vintage champagne, if the winter’s tasting sessions confirm our current impressions.