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"An abundant harvest" for Badet Clement

Published:  26 September, 2011

An abundant harvest with higher yields than the growers expected, is the result from Badet Clement, in the south of France.

The makers of makers of Abbotts & Delaunay, Les Jamelles and Jamelles Rare and Antique said because of the high number of bunches per vine, the head start it saw back in the spring was lost and this year, the vintage was back to usual maturity.

It comes on the back of a wet spring and summer with showers before and after flowering led to perfect bunch formation.

Spring and early summer was very hot followed by several rainy spells which lowered the air temperature allowing for cool nights which was ideal for preserving flavours and aromas and developing colour on the reds.

Harvesting for Sauvignon Blancs began on  August 17, but the low potential alcohol levels halted picking for a short time, so that the grapes could ripen more in the late sunny weather.

Sauvignons Blancs, from the slopes and later-ripening terroirs, were harvested around September 10

Harvesting began in early September for the Chardonnays grown in the vineyards on the flatlands, followed by the early-ripening Syrahs for rosés, then, around September 10, the Grenaches, Cinsaults and Merlots.