Thursday, 27 September 2012
2012 Loire: Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu
Eric Chevalier – Domaine de l'Aujardière
The story of the 2012 vintage is similar in Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu. In fact yields may well be even lower than in the Sèvre-et-Maine as producers here were also hit by frost in April. Eric Chevalier started picking last Thursday. From his young vines the yields was only 10-11 hectolitres per hectare, although he is hoping that the overall average will rise to 25 hl/ha by the end of the vintage. The quality, however, is very good.
Pinot Noir (?)@Domaine de l'Aujardière (above and below)
Jérôme Choblet, Domaine des Herbauges (above and below)
Jérome Choblet started on Monday and to date yields are only 12 hl/ha. By the end he is hoping for 15-18 hl/ha but suspects that it will be closer to 15. Again quality is very good – very clean grapes with a potential of 12.3-12.5% alcohol and around 5 g/l acidity. He is hoping that he has sufficient stock form 2010 and 2011 to supply his customers.