2017 will remain on record as the smallest harvest in France since World War II. A combination of factors including freezing, hail, shattering and drought severely limited production in France, and across Italy and Spain. For the first time in a very long time, world wine production will be significantly lower than consumption (I am […]
Here in Costières de Nîmes, we had a late bud break but by bloom the vintage had caught up with a normal year. No significant shattering to report and crop size is looking good. The summer was hot and dry and veraison started late mid-July. Late August produced two storms with, in some cases, significant […]
Our Viognier from the 2014 vintage continues to have its signature liveliness with an additional touch of sensuality. Alongside its characteristic aromas of apricot and tangerine, its fans can detect an additional perception of creaminess. This is the handiwork of several years of malolactic fermentation trials on our white wines. Although not a common practice […]
A wine owes its character to the potential of its soil and how it’s interpreted by the winemaker. I often compare winemaking to music — the results depends both on the musical score and the musician. Reducing the equation to just these two parameters is a simplification that I can easily overlook, but it ignores […]
Today is August 23rd in Costieres de Nimes and it’s time to gear up the winery. We’ll be starting our vinification of Viognier we picked last Thursday & Friday and that we put in cold storage over the weekend. We do this in order to get grapes at a nice cold temperature which prevents oxidation […]
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