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Domaine de l'Amauve

 
 Life of the domaine . . . The vintages.
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Vintage 2013
 
The fall 2012 has been particularly wet.
Winter 2012-2013 was normally cold, fairly dry, very windy.
Spring 2013 was cold and wet. The spring was somehow a continuation of the winter, windy, cold, and lots of rain.
Soils were unworkable. The grass covers the entire vineyard.
In the homes, the heating was stopped only in early June.
From the beginning of June, the weather changes. The rains become rare, the temperature rises. The heat really comes since June 10
The vegetation of the vine has evolved slowly throughout the spring. Beginning of June, with the first heat, the growth start again. The shoots are fragile at this time of the growth. Fortunately, the Mistral wind doesn't blows strongly during this sensitive period.
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Flowering began on June 10 at Domaine de l'Amauve.
The weather was mild during flowering, with cool nights and days where the temperature reached until 30 ° C. However , these large differences of temperature between day and night, and day to day, have been fatal for the flower. Grenache, (black or white ), our main grape variety, is very sensitive to climatic factors. These special climatic conditions have made the flowers abortion (coulure) . Old winemakers have no remember of such a large coulure in the past.
Oddly, the other varieties have also , in their way , accused the cold spring weather producing fewer  or smaller clusters. The 2013 harvest will be small .
The summer was hot and dry with large windy periods without excessive temperatures, punctuated by a few storms in July and early September that brought significant amounts of rain.
The delay in the vegetation due to the spring was close to 2 weeks. The summer rains , inducing magnification of the grapes weres able to increase the delay.
The first harvests with white grapes began on Sept. 17 at Domaine de l' Amauve. That was with a little more than two weeks late comparing to recent years. The harvests continued from September 19 with black grapes.
The grapes were perfectly ripe . The coulure on Grenache gave very small clusters with beautifully colored berries
The vine, to compensate for this exceptional coulure , has created many small clusters ( as winemakers call "grappillons" or "verjus"). These small cluster borned lately where insufficiently mature and should not be in the good harvest. Hence, the importance of hand picking and sorting this year to remove them.
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Winemaking went well. The polyphenolic potential of the grapes was important. The sugar was moderate and the acidity was nice, which gives us perfectly balanced wines.
The white wines are aromatic and have a naturally nice acidity.
The red wines are beautifully colored. They develop very nice fruity aromas and have an impressive tannic structure. These tannins present in quantity, are also with a great finesse and suggest 2013 as to be a beautiful vintage.
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The striking feature of 2013 will be however the exceptional smallness of the crop due to the  coulure encountered on our main grape variety, the Grenache.
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In 2013, the harvester's team was with :
Monique, Mohamed, Claudine, Martine, Jacques, Geneviève, Kevin, Jessica, Michel, James, Guy, Patrick.
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The harvester's team in  2013.
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A fantastic gift from Lady Nature.
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