Burgundy : a land blessed by the gods...
And never has this been so true as for this year!
At last, after several years when crops were severely hit by frost and hailstorms we have been blessed with both quantity and quality - not only in Chablis but everywhere in Burgundy.
Taking the Yonne region as just one example: right from the start it appeared that 2018 would be in advance – in fact, the earliest in the the last ten years – with the vines first blooming at the beginning of June in spite of the wet and stormy conditions.
We were kept busy in the fields during the Spring and early Summer until the hot weather and when drought set in; it was feared that growth would be impaired but it was observed with relief that the degree of sunlight had not effected development of the vine.
When the grapes started to be processed in the press, it was a pleasant surprise for all to see that the yield was good and the concentration high; on tasting during fermentation of the wine it is already evident that the 2018 vintage will be exceptional - rich, elegant and delicate.
We still have in mind those memorable vintages of 1982 and more recently 1990!
Julie et Nathalie FEVRE – Œnologues et vigneronnes à Fontenay-près-CHABLIS
Vigne de « La Preuse » - Chablis Grand Cru