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harvest report 2023

23 October 2023

The year 2023 at Maison Saint Aix’s vineyard in Provence marks a dynamic journey influenced by the natural elements and our sustainable wine growing practices.

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Beginning with a frosty January involving valiant pruning, the vines awakened to a frost-free bud burst in April. May delivered warmer temperatures, complete with abundant morning sunshine and afternoon rain. Fortunately, Maison Saint Aix was spared from the ravages of hail. Despite intermittent rainfall, June ushered in a successful flowering process and the promise of a bountiful harvest to come. As record-breaking temperatures soared in July and August, preparations persisted in anticipation of the AIX Rosé 2023 harvest.

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This year’s harvest commenced on September 6th at Domaine de la Grande Séouve with a careful selection of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. Our annual harvest always takes place in the early morning hours before dawn, ensuring optimal freshness of the grapes while preserving their most delicate aromas and reducing the risk of oxidation. This meticulous approach is integral to achieving AIX’s distinctive colour, delicate aromas, gentle acidity and signature length. We were fortunate to experience sunny yet cooler weather during the harvest, which was a welcomed relief after a scorching summer season. Temperature fluctuations between night and day created ideal conditions, greatly enhancing the quality of the grapes. After nearly four weeks of picking on our 75-hectare estate, we wrapped up the 2023 harvest on the 28th of September.

Despite this year’s dryness and heat, the grapes retained their acidity—a favourable indicator for the AIX Rosé 2023 vintage. The first juices express intense red fruit and peach aromas, further fuelling our excitement about this exceptional vintage. We eagerly anticipate the unveiling of the fresh AIX Rosé 2023 in early spring next year!

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