03 janvier 2010
The year 2009 has started with many rains during
The months of January, February and March were
particularly wet and accompanied
by low temperatures.
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
The months of July and August were
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.
The harvest began August 20 at the
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.
The 17 and 18 September, heavy rains
our region. They recharge the aquifers depleted by this
and unusually dry summer.
2009 is one of these very early
have benefited from global warming. The harvest was
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.
2009 was a vintage relatively easy
Much attention was necessary to
check the grapes
and take the right decision for the beginning of the
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.
2009 will be one of the vintages of
for the coming years.
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