After a winter 2021-2022 with normal temperatures and rainfall, early spring 2022 was relatively cool, bringing about a timid start to the growing season and avoiding damage linked to frost in early April. From mid-April, temperatures rose very quickly and vegetation exploded into life. The rest of spring remained on this dynamic with high temperatures and notable sunshine. Flowering started at end May and developed rapidly thanks to the very favourable weather conditions. So, harvest 2022 was already promising to be very early, following in the tracks of vintage 2020. Rainfall was scarce in April/May, but the season was rescued by a very important accumulation of rainwater through June, notably from the storm on 21st June, whose epicentre passed through Gevrey. Thanks to this salutary rainfall, vine growth showed no sign of water stress through to harvest, despite a summer that was again very hot, dry and sunny. As a feature of these hot, dry conditions, mildew and botrytis became rare with only oidium applying certain pressure, but vine healthiness remained excellent through to harvest.
Harvesting began at the domain on 3rd September on the Côte and ended on 17th September in the Hautes-Côtes. The very good grape cluster formation in spring 2022, coupled with a lovely growing season without climatic incident, brought a very good crop in terms of quantity and quality. Again, grape healthiness was excellent and sorting mainly concerned those bunches where ripeness was not fully achieved.
The style of vintage 2022 once more reveals an aromatic profile of high maturity, comparable to vintage 2019, but with fruit that is even more present. The wines are both ample and rich, with lovely balance of acidity, silky tannins and explosive fruit. The whole range of wines already offers immediate tasting pleasure and the higher appellations will gain from patience over some years in cellar.
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Bill Nanson, 19 October 2022