Whilst it might have been a wet and windy summer here in the UK, down on the Côtes de Duras France has been experiencing its third hottest summer since 1990 – and that’s good news for the wines produced from this summer’s harvest. Whilst Mathieu and the team have had a hard time making sure things didn’t dry out too much, the heat has produced really healthy vines, drying up any hint of the dampness that can lead to fungus diseases and a negative impact on the grapes.
There’s no denying that it’s a fine line to walk, however. Only two weeks ago Mathieu was commenting that the “hot weather is starting to be too much for the vines”. With only scorching heat there is the worry that the vines will dry out too much and, those that survive, will provide only small fruit. However, with careful management (and some much needed rain more recently) things have turned the right way. The heat has kept the vines free from disease and the recent rain has provided much needed relief. As Mathieu was telling us this week, “now things are growing well we want dry and hot weather during the days and cool during the nights…”
We’re keeping everything crossed that we get exactly that… and we’re looking forward to this year’s crop as exceptionally good quality. We will keep you updated as the summer heads towards harvest.