Château de Fargues 2000 : The harvest was interrupted by rain on 10th October. The yield was just one barrel per hectare.
Everything began with sumptuous grapes from the first two passes, but the rest of the grapes had to be cut and left on the ground…
François Amirault, Operations Manager at Château de Fargues
Pickers were dispatched on 26/09 all over the estate to harvest grapes prematurely attacked by botrytis (mostly Sauvignon Blanc). Some light showers then caused a burst of noble rot and the second pass began on 9th October. There were nine more barrels of fine wine in the cellars on the 10th. However, heavy rains arrived later that day and did not let up for a week. The grapes from the second pass were unfortunately not good. The rain continued except for an interlude from the 22nd to the 29th of October that made it possible to pick some grapes during a third pass. Thanks to a break in the weather on 15th November, pickers were sent out again without baskets to cut off the unsuitable remaining grapes and leave them on the ground.
A very small yield: 15 barrels for 15 hectares!
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