Jura Vintage Report 2018

 

Domaine de la Touraize (Arbois), Héléana Morin :

2018 was a record year for us! With very long harvests, 3 ½ weeks  of hand harvesting, there was a lot of fruit, of very good quality. We had to buy new vats in order to bring in the entire harvest. The harvests went very well, with a fantastic team of pickers! And a great ambiance. Work in the cellar was very long following the harvest, [in February] there are still some vats that have not finished their fermentations (by indigenous yeasts). As it was a hot year, sugar levels were high, but we are confident. This year 2018 was miraculous, we never thought to have such a beautiful crop because the Sping was so rainy. Andre Jean treated the vines often with tiny amounts of copper, each time accompanied by preparations made of horsetail and nettle. Starting June 15th it became very hot without a drop of rain until the end of August. The storms that came at the end of August saved our crop, as the vines had been suffering from a lack of water. ……Weather is wild !! … sometimes unsettling….