2011 Harvest

chateau de targe

What a complicated vintage it was, but it actually turned out to be more than successful, resulting in wines with good fruit and delicacy,  despite lacking a bit of concentration.
The weather certainly wasn't typical: after a fast kick-off in March, April broke all the records (it hadn't been so hot since 1947!). May was so good that the flowering of the Cabernet Franc was over before the end of the month whereas it usually doesn't start until mid-June.
And then…July 2011 will go down in history as the coldest in the last thirty years : according to the weather station at Angers,  this was the eleventh wettest and the eighth cloudiest summer since the creation of the station in 1945. Oh, my…
Nevertheless…the producers with their late-ripening grape varieties Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc managed to come up trumps. A hot and radiant Indian summer settled in for several weeks after the September 21st Autumn equinox - to the extent that by the beginning of October we were worrying it was too hot! (We even swam in our outside pool on 2nd October - and that's a first!)
We harvested between 20th of September and 6th of October. We were, admittedly, lucky, but it was also because we were patient and were in a 
position to be able to wait.