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This Grand Cru parcel is monitored by a vine-grower who takes care of the vineyard on a daily basis. He constantly seeks the right balance between his own work and the biological cycle, so as to allow the terroir to fully express its nuances.
Following hand picking in small cases and meticulous sorting of the grapes, pressing takes place in two phases: evacuation of the first juice, then pressing in two-hourly cycles. Depending on the profile of the vintage, maturing is carried out for 12 to 14 months in French oak barrels, with a proportion of new barrels that may be up to 20%.
The climate was very chaotic and unsettled, with some hazards and extremes which damaged the grapes and hardly reduced the yields. The end of winter, which was overall mild and poor in rainfalls, favoured the early beginning of vegetation. But this kind situation deteriorated during the flowering and caused a lot of flower abortion. Some spring spells, abundant rainfalls and hail storms were also noticed. On the opposite the month of August was glorious and very windy. So it both cleared and concentrated the grapes which miraculously presented an excellent sanitary state. A very deep colour, a very rich nose made of very concentrated red fruit, a mouth whose tannins are very ripe and silky, such appear the reds.
2012 was beset by unusual weather that didn’t spare the vines! A mild winter, spring-like March, cool spring with frosts, summer-like May, cooler, wetter June, a variable summer with heatwaves, hail and storms… Because of the cold damp spring, some of the vine flowers didn’t set and form fruit, there was millerandage (where the flowers aren’t fully fertilised and give small berries) and high pressure from mildew and odium. Temperatures went right up during the short periods, over-heating and scorching the berries. This weather caused a significant fall in yields, without, however, impacting on the quality of the grapes, as well spread out bunches with small berries guarantee concentration and intensity.
All in all, the grapes achieved good ripeness in aromas and good sugar to acidity balance. The white wines are characterised by their finesse and concentration. The reds set themselves apart with their lovely colours, ripe and silky tannins and their harmonious mouthfeel