The 2015 Loire vintage is now underway and is likely to continue at least until the middle or end of October. It is certainly quite an early start – not as early as 2011 when some Touraine producers, such as the Clos Roche Blanche, started in late August. Nor as early as 2003 when Reuilly was picking by around 20th August. But it is certainly the earliest since 2011 and unusually everything seems to be starting around the same time.
The Ban des Vendanges for Pinot Gris in Reuilly was last Friday, while for Quincy it was yesterday, Sancerre/Pouilly will be this Wednesday. Often there can be a week to 10 days between the start in Reuilly/Quincy and Sancerre beginning. Not so in 2015 – everything seems to be more telescoped!
Here is a report received yesterday from Charles Sydney, a courtier en vin based in Chinon:
‘Phil and I were out in the Touraine on Thursday – growers were picking some of the earlier ripening parcels in Noyers, Oisly and Cheverny, so I guess elsewhere too.
Philippe Trotignon’s cahier shows 4 trailers coming in between 12 and 12.7° potential with acidity around 5 grams – definitely time to pick :)
Only problem is the lack of grapes in the vineyards, at least for Sauvignons in the Touraine – Muscadet and Anjou look better fortunately. It’s some time since we’ve seen such small grapes on such small bunches. That’s down to those few chilly days pre-Vinexpo, just at the end of harvest.
Some growers are starting in Muscadet this week but most are waiting – while others in Sancerre and Pouilly are starting! Le monde à l’envers !’
Fingers crossed for a month or more of sunshine!’
Further west picking of the Chardonnay for Crémant de Loire and Saumur Mousseux started yesterday around Le Puy Notre Dame. See here.
From Anjou – Emmanuel Ogereau (Domaine Ogereau, Saint-Lambert-du-Lattay):
‘Les vendanges se préparent très bien en Anjou.
Les vignes ont très bien résisté à la sécheresse au mois de Juillet. Les pluies du mois d’Août leur ont fait le plus grand bien.
Les Chenins sont très jolis pour le moment. Ils sont très goutés et les peaux sont déjà assez fines.
On pourrait donc vendanger assez rapidement. Les vendanges pourraient débuter autour du lundi 21 septembre. A voir comment ça évolue…
On espère que le temps sec et frais de ces derniers jours va se maintenir le plus longtemps possible. On croise les doigts.
Pour les Cabernet, on a le temps. Pas de vendanges avant le mois d’octobre.
On est impatients de vendanger notre vignoble de la Martinière à Quarts de Chaume pour la première fois.’
Due to various commitments we are unable to get out to the Loire until 16th September. It goes without saying we are impatient to get out and see what is happening first hand!