Thierry Tissot 2014 Harvest
This 2014 harvest appears to be of extremely high quality, which we would never have guessed at the end of August. Summer was tricky in the vineyards, but a spell of perfect weather at the end more than made up for an unfortunate summer.
Spring 2014 in the Bugey was nearly 1°C warmer than normal on average, with the month of April particularly warm. As for rainfall, it was a little drier than usual. Early summer was quite nice as well, hot and dry, such that the vegetative cycle was quite advanced. In fact, the vines grew so fast that we were caught by surprise and had to hurry to lift the vines up on their trellises.
Then July and the first half of August were shockingly cool and rainy. All advance the vegetative cycle had gained earlier in the year was lost at this time.
Luckily September was wonderfully sunny and dry: around 20% more sunshine than average and 80% less rain. This was brilliant for the fruit: ripening started late, but the final stages of maturation occurred in ideal conditions.
We harvested the Altesse and Chardonnay (plus a tiny bit of Jacquère and Aligoté) for the sparkling wine on the 19th and 20th of September. The Gamay was harvested on the 23rd. The Roussette from the Mataret vineyard was harvest on the 24th, then finally the Mondeuse from Mataret on October 3rd. The good weather allowed us to pick each grape at optimal ripeness.
Previous Vintage Harvests