The 2017 vintage:
The initial harvest date has been set this year by the “Ban des Vendanges” on August 28th 2017. (This date gives an indication of the approximate start date of the harvest).
2017 is indeed an early year such as 2009, 2011 and 2015.
We started harvesting at Manoir du Carra on August 24th.
In terms of weather conditions, 2017 vintage was full or surprises. Two powerful hailstorms hit the north of the vineyard. They unfortunately destroyed a vast majority of our Fleurie and Moulin à Vent crops.
This year has been particularly dry. There has been almost no rain between the flowering and the harvest periods, almost three months. In some areas, vines have suffered from water stress, this water shortage dried the grapes. Luckily, heavy rains fell during one day at the beginning of the harvest, which made the rehydration of some very water-demanding parcels possible. A year of drought has nevertheless its advantages. Grapes are very healthy, they do not have any rot. A very high quality crop is put in the vats. Maturation went very fast, due to high temperatures and permanent sunshine.
From a qualitative point of view, 2017 vintage will be excellent, with the right balance between sugar and acidity. It will be rather concentrated, with some fruits and freshness.
Average age of the vines: 30 years old (between 20 and 60 years old). Skin contact maceration: between 2 and 5 days depending on the parcels.
Beaujolais-Nouveau has been very popular with almost every Thanksgiving dish - from turkey to ham, green beans to mashed potatoes, and gravy to cranberry sauce.