Vin des Fossiles 2015 Harvest
It was an atypical year at Vin des Fossiles. Jean-Claude Berthillot says that a very warm spring led to an early budbreak. Then in June and July, a lack of rain caused considerable stress on the vines, stopping the flow of sap and delaying the onset of ripening. But finally, towards the end of the summer, the rains came – in abundance – and the vegetative cycle then advanced rapidly.
The dry and hot summer did affect the work in the vineyards. For one, few treatments were needed this year: four instead of the normal seven or eight. Also, canopy management turned out to be very important to protect the grapes from the hot sun: Jean-Claude left far more leaves than usual on the vines.
At harvest, which started September 9th, the grapes were wonderfully healthy due to a drying wind from the north. In the end, 2015 is looking like an exceptional, ripe vintage.