While 2014 proved to be a difficult year for wineries across most of France, the microclimates of Roussillon were the exception, with cool ripening periods and plenty of sunshine proving highly advantageous for the region. Even the neighboring region of Languedoc suffered more than Roussillon, having some problems with flooding in the late season, leading many to claim that the 2014 Roussillon vintage was one of the finest to come out of the whole country in that particular year.
The main feature of Roussillon in 2014 was the combination of a colder than average summer, with relatively dry soil as a result of low water reserves and limited rainfall in the region. This resulted in grapes which were smaller than unexpected, and thus having a higher concentration of flavor and higher level of acidity than is usual. The fruit was reported to be exceptionally healthy in all other respects - no mildew or insect problems - meaning the harvest was simple and straightforward. Indeed, the harvesting season was beautifully warm and dry, with long hot days giving the grape growers plenty of choice as when to pick their grapes, meaning a harvest of beautifully ripened fruit boosted this vintage further.
The red wines from 2014 in Roussillon performed very well indeed. The heightened acidity caused by the small size of the berries rounded out beautifully following malolactic fermentation, making a set of wines which are wonderfully balanced and mellow, with great ageing potential. It was also a good year for the region’s white wines, with exceptional freshness and liveliness reported throughout Roussillon’s fine wineries.