U’Winer Quentin Chaperon met Pierre Rostaing, owner of Domaine Rostaing in Côte-Rôtie, who tells us about 2018 vintage.
What is significant is the vegetation explosion in May. We had high temperatures in the morning and after-noon during 15 days, it was the rush in the vineyard. We were just disbudding, we though we had to harvest in the same time. Vegetation has really exploded ! We should be on time to be close to each parcel that were evolving very fast.
Then we had in the same time good temperatures and also a lot of water, that is why 2018 has been marked by a rather high mildew pressure. It was indeed the same situation for the whole Côte-Rôtie.
Then the weather kept beeing hot and dry from June. A year that finally was quite fast with searing temperatures starting from July, such as 30-35°. We have started harvest with 1 or 2 weeks late. Then we had a vintage like 2015 with harvest at the very beginning of September.
We harvest Condrieu on September 3rd and the Côte-Rôtie on September 4th. We have a very concentrated vintage with a lot of polyphénol and a weak but correct acidity. Sanitary conditions of the vineyard are quite perfect, no sorting in the vineyard or in the cellar. Therefore, a vintage that looks like 2015 with a great maturating and ageing potential.
We had to start very early in the morning and be quick to collect everything as temperatures could easily reach 30°. The maturity went very fast. With 2° or 3° difference we could get from 13° to 14,5° , the harvest had to be effective and finish early.
In one word: complicated, fiery in its beginning and same as 2015 in the end. It is more than one word, but in one word, vintage.”