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Vintage 2000 - Alsace

Vintage 2000 in Alsace started with very nice, sunny spring weather. Budbreak took place just after mid-April and flowering was nearly two weeks early when it arrived at the beginning of June. The weather stayed warm and sunny through June but turned cool and stormy in July with some occurrances of rain. August brought a rise in temperatures and a decrease in rain as the month progressed. As a result of the rains, growers had to guard against grey rot in the vineyards. In some vineyards, fruit had to be pruned or foilage reduced in order to allow more air flow and better cluster drying.

At the end of August and in early September, the weather was dry and unseasonably warm. This brought ripeness to most grape varieties. Acid levels in most grapes were still very high at this time. Harvesting of grapes for dry wines began just before mid-September. The weather was still warm and dry for harvest. Sporadic rains returned as September turned into October and by mid-October it really started to turn bad.
In the end, Alsace produced excellent dry wines in 2000. The grapes for the dry wines were harvested before the late September rains returned. Growers who decided to postpone harvest so thier grapes could reach the increased ripeness necessary to produce the sweet wines usually had poor luck.