How was the 2019 harvest?

Jean Leon

05/11/2019

After some intense days of grape
harvesting, it’s time to take stock of the wine vintage. First of all, it’s
worth pointing out that it was totally different from last year’s vintage: 2019
was characterized by the impact of three heat waves during the growing cycle
and marked by a significant reduction in rainfall. In fact, there was a third
less rainfall than in 2018, with the amount falling from 718 mm in 2018 to
216 mm so far in 2019, leading to plant stress in the vineyard.

As for the vine growing, we focused
on green pruning to protect the bunches from sun exposure. By managing the canopy well, we were able to protect
the grape skin to preserve the primary aromas and also maintain optimal
ventilation to mitigate the possible development of fungal diseases such as
powdery mildew and mildew.

In general, it was a very undemanding
harvest thanks to the fact that it did not rain at all in September, and each
variety was harvested in due course.

An interesting fact is that the
harvest started on the same day as it did last year: August 27th!
Pinot Noir was the variety that kicked things off, with its delicate notes of citrus and
white fruit
[EG1] . Then, a new month and a
new variety: At the beginning of September we brought in the Chardonnay for our
Vinya Gigi wine, achieving fresh tropical notes and good aromatic intensity.
Next up was the Merlot and Petit Verdot, which we use to make our young red 3055,
and then finally the Merlot used for Vinya Palau Merlot.

The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet
Franc were interwoven between the end of September and beginning of October,
with excellent technological and phenolic maturity that will allow us to obtain
the most distinguished wines: Vinya Le Havre Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva and
Vinya La Scala Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva.

And, a little secret... While harvesting the red grapes this year, we also harvested a new white variety that we’ve never vinified before: Can you guess what the new wine in the experimental range will be?

In general, we are very satisfied
with the 2019 harvest. Among the white varieties, we have achieved a good
sensory balance, marked by tropical aromas and a prominent level of acidity.
Now the French oak barrels are bringing all the refinement to the wine. As for
the red varieties, it must be said that the 2019 harvest was very intriguing.
It promises wines with lots of potential for aging, with great fineness and
complexity.

All in all, 2019 was a dry year in
general, with the temperature difference between day and night during the
harvest period standing out as a positive aspect. This effect contributed to
achieving optimal grape ripeness since the grapes ripened slowly and gradually.

We have obtained wines of high
quality that we will be able to enjoy, each in due course, after they spend the
appropriate time aging or resting in the bottle.

Cheers to wine!

Roser Catasús
Winemaker at Jean Leon

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