Denis expressed his delight with his 2013 harvest and was convinced that it was his long adoption of organic viticulture and his more recent conversion to biodynamics, which had paid off in 2013. "2013 for me is excellent both in quality and quantity. The Pinot Noir is superb, although the Sauvignon Blanc was more difficult, especially the vines on sandy soils while those of clay limestone resisted better. Last year it was very different with the frost on 18th April 2012 when we lost 50% of the Pinot Noir."
The 2013 yields will have made up for the frost-affected shortage in 2012. "The Pinot Noir is at 50 hl/ha +, the Sauvignon Blanc at 55 and the Pinot Gris 59. Potential alcohols range from 11.5˚ to 12.5˚ and acidity between 4.5 to 5.5. We will finish harvesting either later this afternoon or on Friday."
This is not good news for producers in Sancerre and Pouilly, who still have a good part of the harvest to finish nor for the Cabernet Franc in Touraine. There will be a separate post on Friday's visit to Western Touraine.