It was a difficult start for the growth season being a little behind compared to previous years.
Late budding, poor flowering for Gewurztraminer, low temperatures in May and August … so many factors to cause concern. But very fortunately, the grapes were in perfect health, reminiscent of the 1985 vintage year.
Although the acidity-level was still fairly high during the harvest, the sunny and dry month of October helped boost good ripening for the grapes.
The dry weather and healthy grapes incited a fair number of producers to be patient, allowing their grapes to ripen even more. This patience largely paid off, notably for the Pinot variety which shone-through as the greatest success of the year.
The harvest officially began on September 25 for the Crémant d’Alsace appellation and October 7 for the Alsace and Alsace Grand Cru appellations, with grapes getting picked over a staggered time period.