VINTAGE 2017 BY VALENTINA BUOSO
"Vintage 2017 will join those early vintages"
"Winter was particularly cold and dry, characterised by an important rainfall deficit.
At the end of winter, as early as February temperatures rushed up, as an introduction to a remarkably hot spring.
First fortnight of April was particularly warm coupled with an early budburst. Second fortnight was marked by frost almost wintry (temperatures lowered down to minus 7° in some areas) for a few days. This caused substantial damages into the vineyard. The most affected plots of Domaine Jolivet were located in Pouilly Fumé.
Blooming started by the very first days of June under favourable climate conditions: quite hot weather and low pluviometry. So that fungal impact was very little.
This impact could remain rather gentle thanks to heat waves (temperatures over 30°) throughout the month of June. If, in one hand, heat is favourable to biologically controlled fungal diseases; on the other hand, the lack of rain could have become detrimental. In fact an important water
deficit (and hydric stress) caused a slowdown into the physiological stages of the plant.
Fortunately, the growth of the plant could continue, so that véraison could start very slowly.
Climate conditions in August allowed a normal course of the berries phenolic maturations.
At Domaine Pascal Jolivet harvests began on September 11 with Sauvignon blanc planted on "Caillottes" soils (an early terroir). They ended on September 22 with Pinot noir grapes. Berries displayed high quality, both flavourful and healthy.
White wines are much elegant, revealing citrus notes and yellow flesh fruits. Acidity is quite low for the region but mineral and minty notes of liquorice offer a beautiful freshness. In mouth wines are already rich and round.
Red wines present an intense purple tint with notes of tiny red fruits in the nose. As of now tannins are supple and the maturity is exceptional."
A rich and greedy vintage is coming!
Balance, freshness and precision: the Pascal Jolivet style
When the terroir, the know-how and the patience reveal and sublimate the complexities of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
"Talent and taste are not enough, only style counts" P. Cardin