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Harvest Report: Château La Grande Maye and Château Valade 2011's by Cédric Valade

Harvest Report: Château La Grande Maye and Château Valade 2011's by Cédric Valade

Monday 26th September 2011
by Tom Jenkins

The growing season: ‘2011 will remain in the memories of winemakers as a tricky vintage. 

The season started very early with a warm and dry April that sped up the vegetative cycle of the vines. Disbudding tasks overlapped with the 2010 primeurs tastings. We have never seen such a quick start before! It was the beginning of a race that went on until the end of the trellising of the vines!

In the meantime, the flowering took place successfully under a warm and sunny weather. We did not get much rain from January to June; 150 mm instead of 350 to 450 mm norm. Our water retentive soils were a real benefit during this time.

In June, we took the decision to only deleaf the side of the vines exposed to the rising sun. This was vindicated when temperatures rose to 40°C+ later in the summer. Such extreme heat would have scorched grapes without the protection of a healthy canopy.