A cold winter with average rainfall, followed by a cool and rainy April and May. The growth times of the vegetative activities were within the seasonal average, with the young vines showing considerable vigour. Veraison took place in mid-July, during what was a fairly average summer. The harvest went ahead according to schedule.
VARIETIES: Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Alicante Bouschet 25%, Merlot 15%.
BOTTLES PRODUCED: 20,500
EXPOSURE: south – south-westerly
TYPE OF SOIL: complex, stony structure on a substratum of clay.
VINE DENSITY: 6,600 plants per hectare.
VINIFICATION: temperature-controlled spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts. The vinification of the grapes from the various land parcels of our vineyards takes place separately in open tapered steel vats.
HARVESTING TECHNIQUE: manual
MACERATION: up to 21 days depending on the variety. Long contact with lees to halve the use of sulphites.
FILTERING: no fining or filtering.
MATURING: 12 months 50% in steel and the remaining 50% in French oak barriques, 70% of which old and 30% new. Further 12 months of bottle ageing.
CELLAR LIFE: over 15 years