Vicky's adventures

#Harvest2018, Chateau de Moriers Fleurie in the sunshine

14 Oct

#Harvest2018, Chateau de Moriers Fleurie in the sunshine

At château des Moriers For Vicky's Fleurie 2018, the vintage should be legendary. Because the harvest was exceptional but also because it follows two years with low yield (we had frost and hail in 2016, hail again in 2017). Spring was humid allowing sufficient water reserve to prepare to the grand summer we had. Great for grapes and for swimming, not so amazing for our...

05 Oct

Fleurie 2017 – Hailstorm Harvest

30th of June 2017, we were writing on Chateau Des Moriers Facebook page: "In Beaujolais - all is going very well in the vineyard, the weather forcast is perfect, the vineyard is green, splendid thanks to the sunshine but also to this spring rainfalls. Here at our chateau, grapes just have to get ripe!".  My father had never seen the vineyard in such a good...

15 May

Bien Boire en Beaujolais, edition 2017 !

Time goes by and I've not been writing to you for a while. Guess what, I'm back! This past seasons have been very busy, at home and in the vineyard. Our second son Constantin arrived early January, just on time for the Epiphany - a popular day amongst gourmands where we eat the legendary galette in France - a good day to be born, in...

13 Aug

Harvest 2015 soon in Beaujolais!

Grappes are changing color fast in Beaujolais. Vines are pretty but start to suffer from the heat. We shall have half the quantity normally expected, so the 2015 vintage will be a rare. If you had to compare it to another year, it would be 2003: grappes are small with a concentrate juice. Les grappes changent de couleur à toute allure en Beaujolais. The weather...

16 Dec

Christmas Before Christmas At Chateau Des Moriers #Fleurie #MasterOIV

One day I've met someone that had done the Master OIV, a very special training that leads you to visit about 26 wine countries in a year. If you have a family and a job, you have to organize. For the rest, you must make sure your stomach is sharp and that your brain is ready for an adventure. You must also be insured that...

24 Oct

The Harvest 2013 on a beautiful morning of automn at chateau de Moriers #vinsdeVicky

Harvest 2013 were expected a few weeks more than usual at chateau des Moriers, in my family, north of Beaujolais (Fleurie). Autumn arrived and grapes started singing. A warm morning, the 30th of September, a group of 25 grape pickers from 10 different nationalities arrived for a week of gymnastic in between the small vine trees (1m20). We were getting used to early harvest, but...

08 Sep

Waiting for the harvest, checking the vines, blending the wine #fleurie

It's the 8th of September, the few past years at this time we were already harvesting grapes in Beaujolais. In 2012 we were only three days away.  Today in 2013, we are in the vines yes, but only to check maturity and evaluate the state of the vineyard. All good, no big disease, average quantity on the trees, no alarm in Fleurie just that we...