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The vintages of the Domaine de LA BANATE

2019

The winter marked by many small rains is prolonged by a spring well wet until the middle of June. The water has penetrated the ground and rebuilds the stocks that will be needed for the comming very hot and very dry summer. We have a nice output of bunches and a normal polenization. The heat and drought of summer and early autumn slow the construction of maturity and lead to small grains with thick skin omen of a beautiful wine material. Two small rains in late September and early October contribute to the nourishment of the grains and the finish of their maturity. The grape harvest is from October 7th to 9th. We harvest beautiful ripe fruits, filled with matter and very healthy, we will have a beautiful vintage.



2018

The winter is rather soft and with a lot of small rains. The water has penetrated the soil and rebuild the water stock. In February, the pruning is over, everthing is in place for a new season. The spring is wet and wram, giving a important quantity of flowers. The spring rains put mildew on the grapes and extended the period of polenization. The hot and dry summer and some nice showers (80mm on August 9th, 15mm on August 12th) were favorable to a good evolution of the maturity. The grape pickers have picked from October 1 to 5 only the bunches well ripe. We will have a vintage well built, with a lot of material, finesse and a good length.

The vine is pruned, ready for a new season. Critical moment, polarization is in progress. The many spring rains filled the groundwater, but also left their mark on the grappes. The Grenache begins its veraison (passage from green to red).

The veraison ends, the maturity is under way. The wine is elaborated in the vats, the vine is adorned with its colors of autumn.

2017

A very soft and dry winter, the dry and warm months of March and April, the vegetation starts with 10 days in advance.
This advance is lost by the cold of late April and early May. Fortunately, the frost of 26 and 27 April only marginally damages the vineyard of the domaine and the May rains refill the stock of water. The flowering went well in the course of a normal June, the suppression of unwanted buds and shoots and the trellising by hand are completed. Jully, August and September are very dry and warm, they see only 50mm of rain fall and under these dry conditions, the maturity is difficult to build. The grape pickers pick up nice healthy ripe fruit from 22 to 26 September, the quality will be there.

The vines come alive again, the first heat brings forth the buds, the branches are formed. The flower buds - future clusters - appear. Critical moment, polarization is in progress. The grains grow. The clusters close gently, the veraison (passage from green to red) begins. The grains are red, the maturity is built, the harvest approaches. Hand harvesting of ripe and healthy fruit from 22 to 26 September. The alcoholic fermentation on indigenous yeasts ends calmly in tanks.

2016

VSIG ROSE 2016

After a soft winter and a slightly cool spring (start of vegetation 2 weeks later than average), the summer was very hot and very dry (record of drought over 10 years), which slowed the maturation of the grapes. There was no need for leaf stripping, the grapes remained protected from the sun by a curtain of leaves. Just 40mm of rains in September completed the maturity, helped by hot days and cold nights. The harvest in early October offered a perfectly mature and healthy harvest.

The red wines have a dense and dark color with very high levels of anthocyanins and very beautiful tannic structures suggesting an exceptional guard potential.

The rosé 2016 is a moeleux balanced by some bubbles. It present a very beautiful fruity taste and remains completely "natural".

The vintage 2016 is commented by René Van Hoof in his "TASTED 4 YOU" of the autumn 2018:

Stevige donkerrode mantel. Mooi fruitige aroma’s in de neus, met evenwichtige tannines in de mond, subtiele toetsen van kreupelhout en delicate hints van tabak en cacao. Heeft een mooie bewaarpotentieel.

Solid dark red color. Nice fruity aromas in the nose, with balanced tannins in the mouth, subtle scents of undergrowth and delicate hints of tobacco and cocoa. Has a good storage potential.

2015

A rather mild winter, a warm and normally rainy spring, a hot and dry summer with a few thunderstorms to water the vines as needed, and a harvest in late September under optimal conditions of maturity and health.
In short a very great vintage with a very beautiful structure a lot of material and great aging potential.

The vintage 2015 is commented by René Van Hoof in his "TASTED 4 YOU" of the autumn 2018:

Een ideaal wijnjaar wat ook in deze cuvée tot uiting komt. Evenwichtige wijn met mooie structuur en weelderige aroma’s. Een absolute bewaarwijn.

An ideal wine year that is also reflected in this vintage. Balanced wine with a beautiful structure and lush aromas. A wine with a great aging potential.

2014

A rainy and mild winter refilled the stocks of water, the spring rather not too hot and a little wet gave the vine a little ahead, ahead lost by a summer a little cold and rainy. The harvest was done in early October at a very good level of maturity and without much misery in terms of sanitary.

The 2014 vintage is described by Roberto Petronio in the article "ENTRE ARDECHE ET ALPILLES - Rediscover the Côtes-du-Rhône, The most popular wines of France" of "La Revue du Vin de France"of April 2017:

This cuvee is masterly, sculpted deeply with relief and silk, sap and a beautiful spine with clean and pure fruit. A wine carried by the richness of the year and a beautiful energy. Nice discovery.

2013

A cold rainy spring gave a little delay to the start of the vegetation, then a period of hectic bloom which caused the Grenache to flow fairly well, followed by a just satisfying summer that did not allow to recover the delay. A rainy autumn and harvests between rains at a level of maturity just sufficient and a health condition requiring the attention of grape harvesters.

A vintage on freshness with moderate alcoholic degrees, giving balanced wine with beautiful acidities and a lot of fruit.

2012

A very rough winter with 2 weeks of strong frost in late February that dampened the vineyard, and put many old vines to shreds. A spring not strongly engaging followed by an hot and dry summer and harvests a little rainy in late September with a beautiful maturity and good health.

The appreciation of the vintage is left to Marc Vanhellemont in his article "The corner of the Belgians" by "Les 5 du Vin" of May 13, 2015:

Medium garnet, he breathes the underwood, spices, fruit pastes. We find the latter immediately in the mouth, currant, quince, burlat show the softness of their bay, the succulence of their flesh, their freshness. Spices powder its tannic silk. A beautiful discovery that repeats for the next vintage, fresh and delicate. The potential of 2015 promises ...