Fût de Chêne 2000
An early spring heralded a year of mild but dull weather. The grey skies
and rain were a permanent feature and from July onwards, the temperature
dropped. In spite of that, the 2000 vintage proved to be as bountiful
as those of 1998 and 1999 : this was the third successive year of superabundance.
However, at 5 p.m on July 14th, a thunderstorm broke : large hailstones
whipped up by a storm-force wind were followed by a hailstorm which completely
shrouded the vines. On the eve of the harvest, morale was at its lowest
Today, some people speak of a miracle, since the sun reappeared in the
middle of August and the harvest which commenced on September 15th under
blue and sunny skies was a pleasant surprise to say the least ! A painstaking
selection of the grapes immediately after picking, gave rise to a high-quality
wine with a sugar content of 10.3° and 7.5g acidity. The little Pinot
grapes of Aÿ, both robust and full-flavoured, had once more lived
up to their reputation.