Champagne Vintage Reports 2018


Champagne Thierry Triolet (Côtes de Sézanne) :

Very lovely year in 2018, no problems with disease.

Harvests at the end of August with magnificent grapes, 11°

The Chardonnayare very perfumed, yellow fruits, powerful and very refined……also honey and brioche and with good acidity

The blendings will be made with wines from 2016 and 2017

 

Champagne Perseval-Farge (Montagne de Reims) Isabelle Perseval :

Simply exceptional!

The 2018 harvest marks the culmination of a growing year that hit the ground running! A rainy winter, an early spring and a particularly hot summer resulted in an early and hasty harvest on the 7th of september, a date on which we are usually still in the midst of preparations……..

The perspective wines could be magnificent ; however we must remain humble and wait a few months until we taste the “vins claires”. We will be looking for, as always, those that are best for blending, making no compromises on quality. It will be fascinating. The 2018 wines will be bottled at the end of April 2019.

Certified “Haute Valeur” :

Environmentally, we are very vigilant in our course in this direction . We are evolving further and further towards a viticulture of precision, a profound agronomic and environmental change, a mutation. And so, in this trajectory, we are in the best of circumstances, able to draw on our experience and intuition.

 

Champagne Vintage Reports 2016 

 

Champagne Dumont Pere et Fils (Aube), Bernard Dumont :

You already know that 2016 was a very complicated growing year for us and resulted in a very small harvest. We harvested the entire crop in 3 days and therefore all parcels were fermented together in a single (small) vat.

Which means the blending is done. The nice surprise is that this completed wine is now tasting fruity and very appealing . 2017 will be very, very, very rare, but undoubtedly very interesting.

Trying to put this [difficult vintage] out of our minds a bit now, we are working on the release of the 2008 vintage, which is showing quite fruity and youthful despite having rested 8 years in the cellar.

 

Champagne Vintage Reports 2015

 

 Champagne Bourdaire-Gallois (Massif Saint Thierry),  David Bourdaire :

 About the 2015 vintage at my domaine.

The harvest potential was average (in quantity) . Spring was wet and warm. Budbreak occurred slightly earlier than usual (between the 12th and 16th of april). Following, the first 3 weeks of  May were very cold in the mornings (3 to 4°C) with some resulting “Filage” (unformed flowers). The vine is stressed  and sheds its bud. Often the second bud on the branch transforms into a “vrille” or tendril, aborting its flowering. On certain vines many buds did not flower, whence the only average quantity potential (certain vines had ten bunches, others 3-4, some none at all)

Following the very dry summer (3 and ½ months without rain), the berries did not grow as large as usual. (more skin than juice). The heterogeneity of the number of bunches per vine occasioned a hetergeneity of maturity, therfore difficult to measure the evolution of the maturity and to determine a precise harvest date.

The rains returned beginning of September. The first rains were saving ones, they rehydrated the vines, favorising the greening of the leaves (thus photosynthesis) and the berries finally swelled.

Yes, but, with close to 120mm of rain in September, this posed a problem. The berries swelled, the degrees became higher, then to the excessive, the aromas became diluted, the yields rose, degrees continued to increase but acidities dropped!!!

After alcoholic fermentation, the wines were fruity but lacking structure, freshnes, tension. I hestitated for a while, but in the end I decided not to let the wines go through malolactic fermentation, I believe I was right to do so. So I assembled my wines rather quickly, then made a sterile filtration using a ceramic tangential filter in order to block the FML (malolactic fermentation) without having to increase the sulfur dosage. It is the first time I have vinified without FML.

It remains now to bottle the wines (the 22 and 23 of February for me) and to wait 3 to 4 years before tasting and see if I was right.

 

Champagne Thierry Triolet, (Cotes de Sézanne) :

 Thierry and 2 oenologues just tasted the wines from this last vintage 2015, here are some reflexions

The 2015 Chardonnay wines are already quite open, quite mature, still with lovely freshness. The assemblage with wines from 2013 and 2014 will result in well balanced wines. We find dominant white fruits.

The blending will possibly be made according this schema (this is only a forecast!!!)

BSA – 60% reserve wine – 40% of 2015

Cuvée Grand Reserve – 40% reserve wine – 60% of 2015

The red wine for the blending of the Rosé is superb,  with morello cherries.

We will not make Veilles Vignes 2015, it would age quickly, risking not to last past 4 or 5 years.

 

Champagne Dumont Pere et Fils (Aube), Bernard Dumont :

 

 .......my impressions on the last harvest

If I must choose a single word to describe it, I would happily say: ideal.

Indeed, all during 2015, from the season of pruning on through harvest, the weather was always on our side.  The vines developed normally and we had no stress from risk of frost or hail, or with any of the diverse blights (mildew, oidium, insects…. ). Conditions for work in the vineyard were thus facilitated and more comfortable, notably for ploughing the soils. A slightly drier summer than usual resulted in very ripe and very healthy grapes, absolutely zero botrytis

Harvest took place under sunny skies starting September 7. 60 people came to participate in this familial ritual.

4 months after these wonderful harvests, with our first tastings of the vins clairs we find very forward aromas of citrus and white fruit on the pinots. The textures of the 2015s seem rich with lovely present acidity, even with finished malos. All seem that they will come together to make a very pretty vintage.

We will organise tastings for the blending at the beginning of March.

 

 

Champagne Vintage Reports 2014

 

Champagne Bourdaire-Gallois (Massif Saint Thierry), David Bourdaire :

 Concerning the latest vintage

Weather:

After an non-existant 2013-1014 winter (of warm temperatures), the spring was particularly wet with a “summer-like” period in May.

Summer was chaotic, with alternating periods of cool and hot, and a lot of precipitation especially in August.

Vineyard:

After an earlier-than-usual bud-break (a result of the warm winter), the vines developped irregularly, subject to the hasards of weather conditions.

There was a bit of good weather during flowering which was a salvation for yield potentials. The frequent rains in August swelled the grapes (and thus the average weight of the grapes) guaranteeing a large crop .

Unfortunately, a concentration of sugars in the grapes did not follow.

The sun returned in September, further ripening and increasing alcohol potential , but at the same time caused the grapes to wilt,  which resulted in acetic spoilage of individual grapes, bunches or even the entire vine.

The quality of the vintage thus compromised.

We began harvest on September 9th. The grapes were quite fragile and required a lot of attention and selection. The wines also are equally fragile, a bit soft and diluted.

2014 will serve well in blending with reserve wines , but 2014 will not be a “vintage” year for us.