Harvesting at night
24 August 2021, the harvest begins at Château Saint-Maur.
From 4am to 6am, it's a constant ballet in the vineyards. " It has been five years since we harvest at night in order to obtain aromatic rosés with little colour". explains Patrick Galliano, Operations Manager and Oenologist.
There are three reasons for this decision.
Environmental Firstly, the grapes harvested at night do not need to be cooled before pressing, which saves energy.
Organoleptic then, harvesting at night allows for a better preservation of the aromas.
Qualitative Finally, the freshness allows the colour of the berries to be preserved and to offer wines of a subtle pale pink.
According to Patrick Galliano, 2021 promises to be a good year : " We have a good balance between sugar/acidity, everything to make a beautiful product, very aromatic. I am confident ".
However, the year was terrible: Covid-19, frost in April; drought in June, July and August; fires in August and hail for some... But the constant efforts and passion were rewarded! In the end, only 3 of the 100 hectares of Saint-Maur could not be harvested because of the fires. Nothing to deplore in the cellars or the wineries.
Patrick Galliano is convinced that a lucky star is watching over Château Saint-Maur Cru Classé.