The weather did not spare the vines all year, with a dry winter, including a very cold February (15 days around -10° daytime). A cool and wet spring (101mm in April).
Mid-flowering the 11/6 was analogous to the bud break: spread out with colour and millerandage.
A slow year for the vines: the flowering was slow, as was the veraison, meaning the ripening took some time.
The water balance was nonetheless comparable to that of 2010.
We stripped leaves from the grapes in June to air them and expose them to more sun in order to encourage their ripening.
Thankfully, August and September brought with them a very welcome sun upon the vines, with a warm and dry weather conditions. The old saying “August makes the must” once again proved to be true. The veraison lasted a couple of weeks until the end of August.
At the beginning of September, we removed the grapes that were still too green or insufficiently ripe; a painful decision, as the harvest was looking small to begin with.
Following the veraison, the weather conditions in September favoured ripening with low precipitation and elevated temperatures.
The thermal amplitudes between night and day were a positive factor towards aromatic expression and the synthesis of anthocyanins. The cold harvest lead to excellent control of the fermentation temperatures.
The Merlots were harvested from the October 4, and the Cabernets Francs and Sauvignon from October 11.
We were particularly careful when selecting the berries on our tables, in order to avoid herbal tastes.
The disparate ripening levels of the seeds bring complexity, with flavours of fruit, spices and flowers.
The assemblage was of 78% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is supple with soft tannins, of average concentration. A very pleasant wine.