2015 : Early, fast and outstanding harvest! / The beginning of October is much more quiet than usual at Château Climens : seldom a harvest has finihed so early! After a longer and bigger than expected first period, due to very good climatic conditions, the picking did stop shortly between September 22 and 28. The golden grapes were slowly becoming mauve under the effect of Botrytis when a succession of sunny and windy days dramatically accelerated the process of concentration. The harvest started back for what proved to be the last straight line: 8 consecutive days of quick but meticulous picking, giving rise to a superb and abundant crop. This early and fast picking enabled us to avoid both the effects of overconcentration and those of the coming rainy weather: right from October 5th, all the crop was under cover in the cellar, slowly but surely fermenting in barrels.
Thanks to biodynamics, the vineyard did fully benefit from the very favourable climatic circumstances leading to early maturation of the grapes, followed by perfect development of noble rot in September.
After 3 years of meager yields, our 20 hl per hectare of great quality remind us of the bountiful crops of the 2009-10-11 trilogy.
The aromatic purity and finesse of the musts, their excellent balance (potential 21.5° as an average), the consistency of the lots predict a superb Chateau Climens!