We expected to finish with a torticollis by scrutinizing the sky and the sun every day, in the hope that, for once in the year, the weather is lenient to let the grapes ripen a little and limit the rotting. However, time has not decided that way. More fear than harm … no torticolis in sight but a decision to make quickly: the date of the harvest.
After 2 intensive days of preparation, Wednesday 2 October, launch of the 2013 harvest.
7:45 am: arrival of a team of 30 pickers.
We have been hearing for a few months now “the quality of the grapes is the last unknown of this catastrophic year, and in terms of quantity, everyone agrees: the harvest will be frugal.*”
Certainly the readings in the newspapers “low quantities and uncertain quality, the year 2013 may be the worst since 1984” do not help us to remain positive. Yes, but here, at château Ogier de Gourgue, we hope. As long as the harvest is not in the tank, let’s continue to believe it.
2/10/2013, 8h: Brief teams, everyone is working on his task (cup, porter, winery, stewardship … there is for everyone).
6/10/2013, after 4 days of harvest and a relatively indulgent weather, the 2013 harvest is in vats. There’s just…
It is certain that the quantity is not at the rendez-vous but we will do everything so that the quality is there! We will of course keep you informed of the progress of winemaking.
See you soon.
* Edition 27/09/2013 – Sud Ouest – Article Maud Rieu.