A cold and rainy winter with the occasional light fall of snow. The spring was also cooler than the seasonal average and it rained. The summer was characterised by a fairly hot July and an August interrupted by some rainfall. Vegetation was vigorous and the phenological phases were within the seasonal average. The harvest was complex. The fine weather that held during the first three quarters of the harvest allowed excellent accumulation of polyphenols and sugar, guaranteeing structure and smoothness. The rain that fell over the last few days unfortunately disturbed the quality of the Cabernet Franc, to such an extent that we excluded it from the final blend. The differences in the composition compared to the previous year reflect the desire to maintain the style and character of our wines, requiring, in a climatically different season, different components.
Warm, spicy and fruity aromas, with interesting mineral notes, accompany a prolonged presence on the palate, enlivened and varied by good acidity.
VARIETIES: Petit Verdot 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 32%, Merlot 5%, Alicante 4%.
ALC/VOL: 14,5 %
BOTTLES PRODUCED: 21,000
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: 18 months in French oak barriques (70% in new, medium-toasted barriques and 30% in barriques used for the second time). This is followed by further 24 months of bottle ageing.
CELLAR LIFE: over 20 years