Comments: Pauline Vauthier
“The 2016 vintage for the Vauthier Vignobles was complicated from a climatic point of view – 6 months of rain (around 600mm between January and June) and then not a drop until September 10th. Fortunately a rain-storm on the 13th September giving 30mm allowed the grapes to continue their maturity and to swell. Before this rain, the berries were small due to the dryness. Our terroirs (sandy for Simard, Haut Simard and Fonbel and clay-limestone for Ausone, Moulin Saint-Georges and La Clotte) didn’t suffer from the drought with the exception of some newly-planted vines.
We started picking on September 27th with the merlot at Haut-Simard. Everything went ahead very calmly thanks to the ideal meteorological conditions. There was no threat from rot. We finished harvesting on October 19th with the Cabernet Franc at Ausone. The juice passed 25-30 days in the vats and we racked and punched down as normal. It is beautiful vintage with very nice fruit and an excellent balance of acidity and minerality. The malolactic fermentations are taking place now (mid-December) so it is a little early to give a commentary on how the wines taste.”