A few words from the Estate Manager
Thanks to a rainy spring, our vines were ideally prepared to cope with the long and dry summer in La Clape. However, the risk of fungal disease in our grapes increased dramatically as a result and the reason we remained largely unaffected was two-fold. Firstly, owing to our position between mountains and sea we benefited from changeable and powerful air flows, and secondly, on the ground, we put in many additional hours tending the vineyards. On top of all this, the Languedoc region experienced its worst mildew epidemic for 50 years.
Despite all these potential setbacks, we were fortunate to be able to harvest this year's crop under optimal conditions. Indeed, no sooner had we got the last load of grapes safely into the cellar than the rain began. The timing couldn't have been better!
At the moment, we are putting the finishing touches to our wines in the cellar and the first tastings are promising a remarkably good quality 2018 vintage. We hope you're as excited as we are! Yours, David Amiel.
Welcome - at long last, our new website is online!
And so is our latest newsletter! As you read, discover the unique features of our AOP La Clape vineyard. With our insider tips, we entice you on a journey - be it in your mind or with a visit to our winery. Of course, there is plenty to tell you about the wine year too. We are also particularly proud that we are now officially one of the best wine-growing regions in France - a recognition that can never be taken for granted.
The harvest is over. A huge thank you to everyone involved and here's to a healthy crop! Our vines coped really well with the weather conditions. Drought, low rainfall and heat are not uncommon on La Clape - conditions mirrored this year in almost all the wine-growing regions of Europe. But our vines have deep roots so that even a sinking groundwater level only resulted in limited drought stress while the on-shore winds provided sufficient cooling throughout the day. In addition, it rained extensively in spring, so our vines were able to cope well with the hot and dry summer. In any case, we are looking forward to this particular red wine vintage, which is now maturing in our oak casks. Our white wines demand a little less in the way of patience - the first bottles will be available as early as spring 2019, and our rosé may well be ready to serve at your next party.
We are pleased to have been awarded one medal for our Albus white wine at CONCOURS DES VINS FÉMINALISE 2018:
- Silver medal for our ALBUS 2017
We also recommend our 2017 award-winning white and red wines, which you can order conveniently from our Shop.
- ALBUS 2016: Silver CONCOURS GENERAL AGRICOLE PARIS 2017
- AUREUS PRESTIGE 2014: Gold VINALIES INTERNATIONALES 2017
- CHAMPS ROUGE 2015: Silver DECANTER 2017
- CHAMPS ROUGE 2016: Silver MILLESIME BIO 2018 - Silver VINALIES NATIONALES 2018 - Bronze DECANTER 2018
- AUSINES 2015: Silver DECANTER 2017 - Bronze CONCOURS DES GRANDS VINS DE FRANCE MÂCON 2017
- AUSINES 2016: Bronze CONCOURS GENERAL AGRICOLE 2018 - Bronze Decanter 2018