2017 Grape Harvest at Château Montrose
A redesigned vat room and a larger group of pickers
100 inhabitants of Pruna (Spain) leave their village to harvest Montrose
The way in which a property manages its harvest is part of its DNA, and this is especially true when choosing its troop of pickers and the perfect knowledge they have of the vineyard. Committed to rigorous and precise manual know-how, combining the traditional working methods of the property with the latest techniques, Château Montrose has been faithful for 33 years to its troop of professional grape pickers, who come each year from a village in the south of Spain (Pruna). Long composed of about sixty pickers, the size of the troop was increased to 90 in 2016. In 2017, around a hundred have moved in to the harvest village set up at the property.
A completely redesigned vat room to adapt to increased selection within parcels
In 2016, after many experiments undertaken over 3 years by the technical teams on different ways of treating the vine, Château Montrose harvested its first organic crop. In 2017, the vat room has been completely redesigned so that it is sized in proportion to the precision work carried out in the vineyard. The large tanks have been replaced by smaller sizes and their number has increased from 67 to 92, so as to continue, in the cellar, the selection within individual vineyard parcels, and also to have tanks reserved for experimentation, especially those that receive the grapes from the organic plots (45 ha in 2017).
“The commissioning of this ‘new’ vat room marks an important step in the process of vinification at the property, adapted to an intra-parcel selection comparable to the “climats” of Burgundy,” explains Hervé Berland, manager of Château Montrose.