2018, HOTTEST YEAR SINCE 1900
The year 2018 has been marked by the mildness of its temperatures and multiple rainy episodes in both winter and spring. These conditions have made it possible to recharge the soils' water reserves but have also generated mildew pressure unlike anything seen before. Thanks to the proximity to the estuary and the impeccable vigilance of our team, the vines of Cha?teau Pe?desclaux have been spared from this disease. The positioning of our land favors good air circulation and reduces the cryptogamic pressure. This is all the more remarkable because, following work initiated in 2012, 50% of our vineyard is now managed according to the principles of organic farming and biodynamics to measure the influence of these practices on the quality and style of our wines.
A rapid and homogeneous flowering
The sweetness of spring allowed a generous bloom, without too much coulure and without millerandage. The dramatic change in weather during July prevented early vegetative growth,
due to extremely qualitative water constraints. Sunshine was 20% above normal over the period from July to September, and 50% lower rains gave our vines the ideal conditions to produce large grapes; tiny berries, rich in aromas and flavors with a dense and suave texture. The hydric conditions, very similar to the years 2000 and 2016, is associated with an essential thermal amplitude between sunny days and cool nights. This favored a rare freshness and 1/2aromatic complexity and tannins combining power and delicateness.
Optimal harvests from September 25 to October 12
The ideal climatic conditions allowed us to serenely harvest each plot, getting the best from each vine. During vinification, each grape proved to be of great aromatic power. The Cabernets Sauvignons are powerfully coated with a beautiful tannic texture. The Cabernets francs are fresh and subtle. The Merlots are a fleshy and explosive fruit, borne from a freshness bestowed by our clay-limestone subsoils. Finally, the Petits Verdots expresses subtle spicy aromas and violets.