Harvest 2012 comments

After a particularly complicated vintage with a late spring, hot and rainy July,  particularly dry August and early September,

It has fallen 186 mm of rainfall in the month of October in Angers, about 140 mm in my rain gauge! (Indeed, the Saumur region is the driest and hottest part of the Loire, which is why we can make good reds). To find such a rainy month of October we must go back to October ... 1945 or October 1966.

The lack of concentration that results did not permit us to make the cuvees Ferry, Quintessence and Coteaux. The Cuvée Traditionnelle will be pleasant, fruity and somewhat tasty, and matches perfectly to what is thought of a good Saumur-Champigny : well balanced, pleasant to drink and matching with many modern menus, especially with fish. The Chenin Blanc Les Fresnettes will be present, more on the softness than on the concentration. Nevertheless, it will be a real success for Crémants and Rosé I guess !

We should have a decrease of volume by a third... it is the smallest harvest ever since 1991 and 1971, vintages when the vines have freezed.