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2011 vintage, review of the season

Vendangeurs.jpgFollowing a very cold winter, with 26 days constantly below freezing, normal budbreak around April 7 was followed by very rapid growth and some vineyards began to suffer from the drought.

Very early flowering, starting May 20, a good 3 weeks ahead of normal. June was very wet and cool and a month of July reminding us of 2007.

The last three weeks of August, heat waves with several nights above 20° C, then cooler and dry in early September.

Check the data from our weather station, with minimum and maximum temperatures and daily rainfall for July and August

Overall we expect a good harvest in volume particularly for Gewurztraminer following a very reduced 2010 crop. Grapes remain healthy, with levels of acidity that have significantly dropped with the heat wave of late August.

The 10 day weather forecast remains favourable, time now for the final preparations and berry samplings to monitor the evolutions of sugars and acids...

Our harvest will start on September 12 with big smiles on many faces and the now traditional reporting on this Blog and on Facebook 

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