Buyers are delighted with the freshness of 2021 Languedoc wines

Tuesday October 05 2021 by Vitisphere

“We spend a lot of time in the wineries to boost morale and help producers perform well, so that they don't lose too many markets”, says Daniel Granès.“We spend a lot of time in the wineries to boost morale and help producers perform well, so that they don't lose too many markets”, says Daniel Granès. - Photo credit : Vignobles Foncalieu

A month ago, Daniel Granès, scientific director at the Co-operative Wine Institute (ICV), was surprised by the very high levels of malic acid in white and rosé must. “I found few herbal notes, but I found the must very lemony, bracing even”, he said, worrying how buyers would receive the wines.

Since then, he has been reassured. “The large firms like Castel, Grands Chais de France and Gérard Bertrand are really happy with what they are tasting. They also say that they will be able to use them to freshen up wines from the 2020 vintage and that, due to the low pH levels, little SO2 will be needed to limit microbial development”, reports Granès.

Wineries, which are already receiving calls from brokers determined to come and taste quickly to guarantee supplies, are often already in the process of maturing the wines on the lees and stabilising them.

Many growers have already estimated the weight of the clusters visually in a bid to safeguard volumes, and are experiencing logistical problems. They are also struggling to fill the tanks used to make red wines traditionally. “No one is equipped with tanks with movable bottoms, and the small tanks are used for wines that are racked”, says Granès.

 

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