The particularly hot, dry spring of 2011 suggested that the harvest would be early and of exceptional quality. This initial enthusiasm was slightly dampened by moderate temperatures and some cloudy, stormy periods in July and August, and a little patience was required.
However, on average, the harvest in Bordeaux began two weeks earlier than usual. The first bunches were picked on 23 August at Château Rieussec for its dry white wine (R de Rieussec). At Lafite, the harvest began on 3 September by the Château’s employees, and then the picking teams started on 8 and 9 September at Lafite and Duhart. Pickers also started work at L’Evangile on the young vines on 6 September. The harvest then followed its course with beautifully ripe grapes.
In the Languedoc, despite an atypical year in terms of weather, the harvest began on the usual dates at Aussières: 7 September for the white grapes, and 15 September for the red. The beautiful sunny period at the start of September helped to compensate for the relative coolness of the summer. The harvest took place in excellent conditions.