2007 at Domaine de Marcoux

Winter was very mild: no big Mistral, and no rain either!
Pruning went smoothly.

The heat arrived in early April (22-27°C); some rainfall in May and June caused a little mildew, but nothing serious. The vines flowered early; we began to see the first berries form on 25 June – a first for ourselves and our employees!
But summer was cold and very dry; the grapes ripened slowly.
Harvesting began in a very strong Mistral (up to 110 km/h) – so strong, in fact, that it knocked the bunches off the vines. It was slightly disheartening to see these handsome bunches withering on the ground.
It lasted more than a week… We’re used to it, but it’s hard for everyone to be outside in such a severe wind. In the evening, you feel punch-drunk.
We finished the harvest on 20 September.
The winemaking went well, though with very high alcohol levels – up to 17° for the old vines, but Sophie kept everything well under control. The fermentations were problem-free, and the wines were “dry” by 15 October.
In autumn, we began work on the cellar. We knocked down and rebuilt some of the buildings, and redesigned the others.

We have been farming our vines organically since 1991