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Snooth User: po54

2009 France harvest

Posted by po54, Aug 31, 2009.

Harvest will begin soon in France.
In some places (Languedoc, Limoux, ), harvest already began.
Hot summer, somedays very hot (40°C), quasi no rain since 2 months, grapes are almost "cooked" !
In my place (Tarn et Garonne, France south west), Sauvignon is so sweet that it'll give 12.8° of alcohol.
I propose in this topic to share photos and news from 2009 harvest.
What do you think ?
Ready ????

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 31, 2009.

Looking forward to it!

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Reply by po54, Aug 31, 2009.

Well, this is not really the harvest...
Shot yesterday, this is Negrette (Pinot Saint Georges) specific Fronton varietal.
Organic vineyard !


We say : one plant = 1 glass of wine
Another Negrette :


Some leave :

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 31, 2009.

Lovely pictures and it's always exciting to hear to how the harvest progresses!

The Negrette looks beautiful.

I would love to try some. One day in the vineyard!

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Reply by po54, Aug 31, 2009.

You'll be welcome to taste some ! :-)

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Reply by po54, Aug 31, 2009.

Here's Syrah, very characteristic with its leaves !
From the same organic vineyard !

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 31, 2009.

Great photos. Keep'em coming!

So Pascal, is it one plant = one glass of wine, or one bunch of grapes on the plant = one glass?

And how does the pinot St. Georges taste in the final wine?

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Reply by Greg Roberts, Aug 31, 2009.

A photo of Domaine Romanee Conti I took on Aug 23. The harvest can begin on Sept 5th. Last year the harvest in Burgundy didn't begin until the end of Sept. Its been hot and dry summer.

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Reply by Greg Roberts, Aug 31, 2009.

Image link



http://www.flickr.com/photos/381118...

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Reply by po54, Aug 31, 2009.

Thanks, dmcker !
In Fronton, the average density of plantation is 5000 grapevine by hectare (100 m x 100 m) and the maximum quantity of grape juice which is allowed by the AOC rules is 5000 liters by hectare.
So, one grapevine is one liter of juice, let's say 1 bottle after processing.(0.75 l)
A large glass !!! ;-))
This year 2009 is quite dry, so the grapes are big but with little quantity of juice.
If we have no rain until end of harvest, the average quantity of juice would turn at an estimate 3000 liters by hectare.
So it would be 0.6 l by grapevine so something like half a bottle after processing...
So, in fact, 1 bunch of grape = 1 glass of wine !!

About that Pinot Saint Georges called here Négrette (from the greek "Mavros" which means Black) gives the wine a nice perfume and taste of Violet, soft licorice, crushed raspberries, red fruits on the nose, with thin tannins.
Our Fronton wines are 75%, 85% (blended with Syrah, Cabernet, Cot) or 100% Négrette.
Really pleasant wines, very typical.
On blind degustation, mixed with other wines, you can recognize that Negrette easily.

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Reply by po54, Aug 31, 2009.

Nice photo of Domaine Romanee Conti !
I'm on the list for a dinner with one bottle !
I'll make pictures ;-))

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Reply by Lara at Oriel, Aug 31, 2009.

Great photos! Keep us posted on how harvest is going!

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 31, 2009.

Interesting info on the yield, Pascal. How does Fronton production compare to that in other regions?

I just saw, in an article from another thread, that production in Champagne will be down to as low as 7,500kg/hectare from 13,000 kg/hectare last year. But that's because the growers/producers cartel there is currently setting a policy that will mean up to half the grapes are left to rot on the vine, in an attempt to maintain price-per-bottle in the marketplace. I wonder if we'll be smelling petroleum notes on the nose when we open those bottles, a la OPEC...

And nice photos of DRC, Greg R. Things looks better than some photos I saw from last year's harvest. How old are those vines, anyway?

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Reply by gregt, Aug 31, 2009.

Very nice po54. Please keep updating us on the harvest. It's one of my favorite areas in the world for wine.

Is negrette a major part of the region? Is the harvest particularly early or late this year? Please provide whatever details you can. And thanks so much for the information!

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Reply by penguinoid, Sep 1, 2009.

Thanks for the photos -- they're very good. I have to admit I'd not heard of the Negrette grape before, I'll have to see if I can find any wine made from it here. Not holding my breath, though.

Hope you enjoy the dinner with the bottle of DRC. It's definitely a wine I'd like to try :-) So far, though my plans for this are along the lines of 1) Win lottery, 2) Buy several bottles of Romanée-Conti, 3) Drink bottles of DRC. Unfortunately, I have yet to manage step one yet...

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Reply by po54, Sep 1, 2009.

Answer to dmcker : How does Fronton production compare to that in other regions?
Fronton is quite small : 2 400 hectares - 10 000 000 bottles - around 80 winemakers.
To compare : Bordeaux : 120 215 hectares - 800 000 000 bottles - 10 000 winemakers
More on Fronton in my next post !

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Reply by po54, Sep 1, 2009.

Answers to GregT:
To be in the AOC Fronton, Negrette must be between 50 % mini and 70 % max of the grapevine in the vineyard. Cabernet franc and Cabernet sauvignon must represent 25% max of the total grapevine of the Domain. Gamay, Mérille, Cinsaut, Mauzac : 15% max. Syrah : max 25%.
As everywhere in France, harvest is quite early. Grapes contain a good amount of sugar, but tannins are not ready yet.
I'll give everyone as much infos I can asap.
Once again, see my dedicated website to meet the Fronton winemakers : http://www.vins-tarn-et-garonne.fr/ . Go to "Les appellations" menu, then AOC Fronton.
Sorry, only in french for the moment, but I work to put an english version on...
You'll find some Fronton wines on Snooth, but it's quite old.
I have to review some bootles...
For penguinoid : the day of my dinner with a Romanée Conti is not planned yet... I'll give you the menu and tasting notes when it'll be done...

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Reply by po54, Sep 2, 2009.

Today, in France south-west, the sky was grey, cloudy, it rained, but just a little bit...
just to glue the dust, as we say over here...
So, the winemakers who planned to harvest didn't !

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Reply by po54, Sep 3, 2009.

The first Fronton harvest will run next monday !

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Sep 3, 2009.

Love the updates. What is the weather to be like for the weekend?

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Reply by fibo86, Sep 3, 2009.

Wow this fantastic. Please keep this up.

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