Harvest Report: Château Mont-Redon

Harvest Report: Château Mont-Redon

Tuesday 29th September 2015
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

The Abeille-Fabre Family share with us their insights from the 2015 harvest at Château Mont-Redon, which reaches its end today, somewhat earlier than expected. 

“2015 has been a quite easy year on the climatic point of view all along the vegetative cycle, featuring a dry year with a hot summer marked by temperatures exceeding 40°C, thus accelerating the maturities and dropping acidity. This lasted until the beginning of September. We have had a crop with rarely equaled, healthy conditions, but experienced again a gap between alcoholic maturity and the phenolic one, therefore we had to wait quite a while in order to meet our expectations."

"We started our harvest with the white grape varieties, immediately followed by the syrahs. Some rains, but with no harmful consequences, have happened between the crop of our precious varieties and the grenaches. At the opposite, these rains have had a beneficial action by releasing the balances which had been stopped by drought and very high temperatures, thus allowing us to pick up our grenaches and mourvedres in ideal conditions, with a light and good mistral wind.

The first white and rosé wines are not yet finished, but we expect very beautiful results with an attractive and intense aromatic nose. For the reds, it is quite early to be accurate but we can already tell that we will get a very successful vintage, with deep color and full-bodied wines. The volumes should at last get close to the outputs of the different appellations.

In Cotes de Provence, at Chateau Riotor, we have had the same climatic conditions as in Mont-Redon, with rains of the end of August/beginning of September, followed by drought. This may have negative consequences on volumes. To sum up, the wines have a very nice color and an intense fruit profile but we blame a deficit in quantity.”