Thu 03 Sep 2015

Rhône 2015: Harvest Underway

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The Rhône harvest has started with the whites being picked first as usual. Quality is good and the vineyards are in great shape. The reds too look very promising as long as the fine weather holds.

Here are two pictures showing grapes being prepared for the very rare vin de paille, with the hill of Hermitage visible in one. Grapes – marsanne by the look of them – are laid out in bunches in a well-ventilated room where they will slowly go raisin like to be then pressed. What comes out is a very sticky, thick, honey-like juice which will very slowly ferment over a year or two, or longer to make an intensely sweet wine.

Rhone 2015 Hermitage

Rhone 2015 vin de paille

These photos are courtesy of Jacques Devernois, cellar master at Paul Jaboulet Aîné.

Marcel Orford-Williams
Society Buyer

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