Everything had started quite well: a rainy winter had allowed
the estate to renew its water reserves. In the spring, flowering
went well, despite a few cases of poor fruit set among
the older Merlots. At this point, we had high hopes for the quality
of this new vintage.
But beginning in July, the weather became unstable and the vines
focused on their fine foliage, to the detriment of their grapes.
The month of August wasn't much better, veraison was slow
and the berries began to swell...
Luckily the sun finally returned at the end of August. Little by little,
September’s extraordinary weather conditions modified the profile
of the 2014 vintage. The difference in veraison between the vines
diminished and the size of the berries decreased, concentrating
all the elements that make up this new vintage: sugar, anthocyanin
and tannin levels all increased.The particularly good weather allowed
us to harvest perfectly ripe grapes, with no risk of botrytis.
At this stage the wines of the 2014 vintage are an excellent reflection
of the diversity of the estate’s plots. Each personality is expressed
in these two blends as if a veil had been lifted. It is without a doubt
one of the first results of our biodynamic approach.