Strange and paradoxical… This vintage has reserved us quite a few surprises, and
still raises questions. Although described as « Great » by some Vignerons, its strong
heterogeneity, depending on the sectors, imposes us to be attentive, measured, though hopeful.
2018 : the vegetative cycle is early. Spring sees generous rains and heat strokes
alternate. According to “Elders”, from memory one has to get back to the 60’ to observe such pressure of diseases in the vineyard. And, unfortunately for some Domaines, the processing windows would, in the main, only open at the week-ends… The vintage therefore promises to be technically complicated, demanding meticulous, tedious, even relentless work, in the vineyards. Damage and losses vary… but yields on Grenache are historically low… Providentially, once again, we could count on Mother Nature’s final “nudge” ! Without hesitation we can assert that the quality of the remaining grapes, the quality of their juice, is mainly due to a brilliant month of September.
Indeed, the weather conditions during the harvest were almost perfect. Cool but sunny weather, with well-marked, valued, thermal amplitudes… The Vigneron was able to choose in all serenity the ideal moment to harvest, plot of land by plot of land, without having to operate any constrained arbitration…
8 months in one and two old barrels Allier – TronçaisVinification
13,5Mise en bouteille
Sans collage, ni filtrationCépages
Grenache blanc : 40 % Clairette : 30 % Roussanne : 20 % Bourboulenc : 10 %
The light gold-colored 2018 Vacqueyras Blanc is another outstanding white from this team. Based on 40% Grenache, 30% Clairette, 20% Roussanne, and the rest Bourboulenc, vinified and aged in barrel, it boasts lots of apple blossom, spice, and crushed rock-like minerality. It’s rich and medium-bodied, with nicely integrated acidity and a great finish.
Jeb Dunnuck , 90/100 , 2019-08-16