Féchy, March 2013
At Domaine La Colombe we’ve always said that wine has a first name (the grape variety), a family name (the terroir) – and a character: its year.
Let’s take a closer look at the 2012 vintage:
- The frigid temperatures during February, while not very kind to winegrowers’ hands (!), did not damage the vines.
- After a normal bud break mid-April, and a fairly warm May, June weather was gloomy.
- Flowering was disturbed by this unstable weather – and the result was lower yields for most varieties.
- After a short dry spell in July, grape maturation was optimal thanks to a return to favorable weather.
- During the summer months, downy and powdery mildews are virulent, but happily our vines are very resistant thanks to being treated for the 12th year in a row with natural products that have proven remarkably effective.
- There was some rain during the harvest, but temperatures remained brisk which calmed out fears – and the grapes were beautifully healthy.
Crucial during the winemaking phase is preserving the essence of what the soil gives us: not being afraid of taking risks, trusting to instinct, while respecting the grape must and guiding its natural processes as delicately as possible.
We encourage you to visit our estate in Féchy – to get a taste of its fleshy grapes, mineral terroirs, and of course our 2012 vintage full of grace, fruit and elegance.
Look forwarding to welcoming you, our clients and friends, at Domaine La Colombe,
Violaine and Raymond Paccot