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IVES 9 IVES Conference Series 9 Impact of harvest date on the terroir expression and the aroma profile of Touraine Sauvignon wines

Impact of harvest date on the terroir expression and the aroma profile of Touraine Sauvignon wines


[English version below]

L’objectif d’une étude sur trois années vise, pour des terroirs différents et connus pour le profil des vins qui en sont issus, à exploiter au mieux le potentiel des raisins en optimisant la date de récolte ; pour chacun des trois terroirs, les minivinifications sont réalisées à partir de trois dates de récolte . Il s’avère, grâce à un suivi analytique important (sol, précurseurs et arômes) et une caractérisation organoleptique bien encadrée (analyse sensorielle pertinente et objective), que le choix de la date de récolte, en fonction du terroir, a une incidence sur le profil du vin et devient un outil pour l’élaborateur. Cela se traduit sur le caractère variétal (cassis, fruits exotiques, agrumes) du vin.

The aim of this three year study is to maximize the revelation of the grapes’ potential by optimizing the harvest dates for different terroirs known for the wine profiles that they produce. For each of these terroirs, mini-vinifications were done from grapes of three harvest dates. A large-scale analytical follow-up (earth, aroma precursors and aromas) and a strictly framed organoleptic characterisation (pertinent and objective sensory analysis) are adopted. All showes that the choice in the harvest date, according to the terroir, has an impact on the wine profile and therefore can become a tool for wine-makers. This effect influences the wines’ varietal character: blackcurrant, exotic and citrus fruits.


Publication date: December 2, 2021

Issue: Terroir 2010

Type: Article


Pascal POUPAULT (1), Vincent COURTIN (2)

1) Institut Français de la Vigne et du Vin (IFV) – Pôle Val de Loire-Centre
46, avenue Gustave Eiffel Ŕ 37100 TOURS
2) Cellule Terroirs Viticoles (CTV)
42, rue Georges Morel – 49070 BEAUCOUZE

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wine profile, harvest date, organoleptic characterization, aroma precursors


IVES Conference Series | Terroir 2010


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