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Vendanges 2016 #3 – Press review

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In the last vendanges update I wrote about stages 1-3 of harvest; picking, care in the cuve and pressing. Well, all three are moving on apace.

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More and more wines to analyse, Jeff can’t keep up!

Today (Sept. 9th) was the first pressing of the year. In the small basket press was the Grenaches from Rome vineyard picked earlier this morning. These were the same vines as the ones I picked last year for my special cuvée. By chance, or design, the younger barrel of that cuvée was given a soutirage this morning. It tasted very well just showing the influence of the barrel. As the other barrel and 27 litre glass bottle are much more fruity the eventual assemblage should be nicely balanced. Here is last year’s Grenache saying hello to its younger brother.

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In the big press was the white picked last week, Maccabeu, Muscat (Alexandrie and Petits Grains) and Grenache Gris. The press is big but the bladder inside lightly squeezes the grapes to release the juice, a gentle giant. The juice now goes into cuve and will ferment into the finished wine.

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Skins after pressing, the pinkish coloured ones are Grenache Gris

Meanwhile stage 2 continues apace with remontage and pigeage of the growing number of wines now in cuve. Stages 2&3 require increasing effort, there was very little picking today though tomorrow will be busy again.

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Jeff and Louis Pérot working on the cuves

Wednesday saw a full day of Syrah from Segrairals. The grapes were good and often very juicy. There are sections of the parcel which seem to retain moisture and help the grapes even in such a dry year as 2016.

Thursday was the busiest day so far. A morning of picking Peilhan white grapes, mostly Maccabeu, Grenache Gris and Muscat. These had suffered through the attack of mildew in spring time and some careful triage was necessary. Nevertheless, small in quantity but good quality.

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5SO 2015 greets this year’s grapes

In the afternoon arrived the Cinsault from Segrairals which makes 5SO Simple. Cinsault gives bigger berries with lots of juice. The juice came in at around 10.5%, Jeff said that it would be a ‘vin dangereux’ as it would be very easy to just keep drinking it.

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Team Coutelou

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Plus one sleepy dog

Author: amarch34

I'm a recently retired (early!) teacher from County Durham in North east England. I am going to be spending most of the next year in the Languedoc leaarning about wines, vineyards and the people who care for both.

3 thoughts on “Vendanges 2016 #3 – Press review

  1. From reading these posts it seems non of the whites are pressed on the day of harvest.
    Bonne chance for next week. The forecast for Wednesday is dreadful.

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    • It depends on the quality of the grapes Graham. Overnight maceration so far and there is one cuve having extended contact as last year to make OW1 cuvée. There has been quicker pressing in the past.
      Yes, Wednesday looks to be a real cause for concern. Hope things are going well in Aspiran and Caux.

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  2. Regis in Aspiran has finished bar picking some Terret that will be Monday or Tuesday. Quality looks good but the grapes are smaller everywhere. There have been patches with very few grapes and a lot of shrivelled bunches. Maybe 40% down on a recent average.
    In Caux picking Syrah on Monday and Tuesday. That leaves Grenache that will have to wait until after the rain. The Carignan really struggled with the late May flowering so will be reduced as well. They will probably be down 40% or more so serious – very little rosé last week apparently.

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