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Our 2009 vintage starts on September 14

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The last low pressure system that went through Alsace on September 3 & 4 only generated 15 mm of rain. We have now great expectations for a 3rd great vintage in a row.
Follow us on this Blog for the live unfolding of our 2009 vintage with frequent updates including short videos.

This year, Marc Hugel, in charge of the vineyards and vinification, tells us about the 2009 growing season and his expectations for this vintage. Particularly favoured this year is the family of Pinots, with great hopes for the Pinot Noir vineyard of the nephews (Les Neveux). Marc takes us to this vineyard plot, planted in 1966 and tells us about all the special care that is devoted to our very best Pinot Noir vineyard.

The 2009 harvest will be the first vintage without the presence of our dear and very much missed uncle Johnny. A strong symbol of continuity, this year will also see the first participation of the 13th generation. Cousins Marc André and Jean Frédéric tell us about their expectation for their first vintage in the family company.

The 10 day weather forecast remains favourable with even some ideal conditions for the developement of noble rot. We have now the ultimate objective to produce for the first time since 2001 some Riesling Vendange Tardive, the most demanding variety for late harvest wines. 

At last we have had in Alsace in 2009 a true dry and warm month of August with lately some intense heat favouring a rapid increase in sugar contents and corresponding drops in acidity levels as shown on this table from our own weather station.

Certain producers of Crémant (sparkling wine) could even begin their harvest on August 31. Since the beginning of August the weather has remained ideal, without much rain, bright skies and warm temperatures. They now need for Crémant to pick in a rush as sugar levels are rapidly increasing.

Innovation this year with a website (in French) that has been put in place by the CIVA dedicated to controls of maturities with a possibility of comparing the values of sugar contents and acidities with the previous years.

The harvest of our own estate begins with a reduced team for now. The first two weeks of harvest will be primarily devoted to the reception of grapes (harvested exclusively by hand) of our contract growers according to a planning which will enable us to manage in the best possible conditions a vintage which is expected to be fair in quantity.

We now start our daily report on this Blog. This year you can also follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.

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