The 2000 Vintage
With 2.34 million hl, the 2000 harvest lay 3% below the yearly average of 2.4 million hl and 17% below the previous year.
This decrease was due to the weather, which was sunny with high temperatures and very dry. The winter was wet, but not too cold. A warm dry spring brought ideal vegetation conditions. April and May brought summer-like temperatures encouraging an early flowering. Cool, damp weather brought vines the needed precipitation for development. Because of the extremely hot August, the gape berries were small and the amount of juice low. The harvest was up to three weeks earlier than usual in many regions, making it the earliest harvest sine 1794.
White, red and sweet wines
The white wine vintage 2000 didn’t have the fruit charm and extract of the 1999 vintage, but it definitely did not have the character of an exceedingly hot year either. Since neither the spring nor summer was extreme, the developed grape berries were able to ripen under relatively good conditions.
The red wines are deep-coloured, compact, and exceptionally fruity; one may speak of a centennial vintage.
Because of the resistant appearance of botrytis, noble sweet wines were produced in small quantities only.