The 2016 grape harvest

End of harvest for the saget la perriere house

Harvesting has finally ended at all of our estates.
Throughout 2016, our vines were really put to the test with frost at the end of April, a very damp May and June then drought in July and August.

After a particularly mild winter and an early start to the growing season, frost at the end of April had a devastating impact on most of our vineyards, with the exception of Sancerre. Losses are fairly substantial in Coteaux du Giennois where yields did not exceed 10 hectolitres/hectare. In Pouilly-sur-Loire, one third of the crop and two thirds in Touraine were wiped out. We had not witnessed a climatic incident on this scale since the 1991 vintage.

Sparse rainfall in September was extremely beneficial after a very dry summer when our youngest vines were particularly affected. However, the upside was that the crop was extremely healthy and of a high standard, both for the whites and the reds. Wines from the 2016 vintage will probably be along the same lines as the previous vintage, namely round and fruity with a measure of freshness.

Obviously, we are very much looking forward to tasting them and sharing the outcome with you in a few months’ time...
We thank you for your trust and wish you many happy moments tasting our wines as the year comes to an end and over the coming year.