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Domaine de l'Amauve

 
 Life of the domaine . . . The vintages.
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Vintage 2009
 
Séguret le 03 janvier 2010
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Les conditions de production du millésime 2009 au Domaine de l’Amauve.
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At the beginning of this new year, it is nice to have a look on the last vintage, 2009. 
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2009 started with many rains during the winter. The months of January, February and March were particularly wet and accompanied by low temperatures. 
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At the bud break, the vines where two weeks late comparing to 2008. From the beginning of May, the heat has returned. And, in June, at the bloom, the vine was one week early than in 2008. 
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The months of July and August were particularly dry. The heat become progressively intense in early August. Maturity has progressed very quickly especially for small yielded vines and vineyards located in soils where water supplies were good. 
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The harvest began August 20 at the Domaine de l’Amauve with the first white grapes. They were then followed by the harvest of red grapes. The harvests ended on august 28 for appellation wines and September 3 for the Vins de Pays.
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The 17 and 18 September, heavy rains come on our region. They recharge the aquifers depleted by this particularly hot and unusually dry summer. 
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2009 is one of these very early vintages who have benefited from global warming. The harvest was particularly good, perfectly ripe with a great aromatic and tannic potential. This is a vintage on the way of the  dry years 1989 and 1999. It is interesting to see how every ten years nature can ensure continuity. 
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2009 was a vintage relatively easy for vineyard management.
Much attention was necessary to check the grapes and take the right decision for the beginning of the harvests.
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The wines are currently in their phase of natural clarification in tanks. They are on they fine lees. Now I can assure you of the richness of this vintage for both white and red wines. In 33 years of winemaking, I have never met such a potential in grapes at harvest time and such a richness in the finished wines. 
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2009 will be one of the vintages of reference for the coming years. 
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In 2009, the Domaine de l’Amauve has had a nice increase in his sales, both in France and on the export market. The numerous awards of our wines and the nice articles in the press have no doubt contributed. However, I can assure you of continuous quality research for my wines through a better control of the vineyard, the winemaking, and the ageing, in the way to show how great is the potential of our terroir in Séguret.
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Christian Voeux
Vigneron, Oenologue
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The harvester's team in  2009.
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