Perfect! Irreproachably healthy grapes and optimal ripeness, now there’s a vintage all winemakers could easily get used to… A mild spring allowed vine-flowering to start off at the beginning of June in healthy conditions. The rhythm was maintained thereafter, with vines stimulated by a hot summer, but without excessive conditions.
We started harvesting on 3rd September, still in summery conditions. The white wines are already very expressive. They offer very pure aromas of ripe white fruits. On the palate, the ripeness is expressed through richness and density, the whole supported by surprising freshness. This harmony should satisfy those in most hurry, but all will be further improved through time.
Pinot Noir achieved quite exceptional maturity for our area. Red wines show lovely, intense and sparkling colour. On the palate, notes of very ripe, fleshy fruit are harmoniously balanced against well-rounded, silky tannins. These are wines full of energy and elegance, already easy to drink but that will reveal all their potential over the years ahead
Hard going! Following a mild winter, the vines awoke with difficulty in a damp, cool springtime. And then in the night of 26th to 27th April, when all seemed finally under way, a cold snap of exceptional amplitude struck our vineyards, freezing all in its path.
Over more than two-thirds of our vineyards, the vines were to spend several weeks restarting their growing cycle and produced little or nothing in terms of fruit at the end of a most chaotic growing season. Fortunately, good quality was in evidence when we began harvesting on 23rd September.
The whites are frank, rich and show good substance. Aromas of white flowers and peach accompany well-defined minerality. Quickly pleasant due to their freshness and energy, they will improve over a few years in cellar.
The red wines develop lovely aromatic intensity, very pure and full of fruit on the nose. Spicy notes mix with fresh, crunchy red fruits. On the palate, all the characteristics of a great year: concentration and freshness, structure and length. As with the whites, they are already pleasant wines that will gain in elegance over time.
A very summer-like springtime allowed the vines to bud-break relatively early (start of April). Then all dropped into place without weather incident or lost time right through to harvest. Some heatwave episodes during summer brought worries about the appearance of water stress. However, the deep vine roots in our parcels allowed them to find enough freshness from deep underground for us to be able to pick lovely fruit, ripe and perfectly healthy, from 5th September.
On the nose, the white wines are generous and expressive, with the accent on slightly exotic peach aromas and white fruits. On the palate, the minerality typical of our limestone terroirs gives good support to the richness and density of this vintage. This elegant and yet gourmand, fruity balance offers wines that may be quickly appreciated. But they may also become more refined and gain in complexity after a few years in cellar.