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Combining balance and complexity, the white wine is fresh and elegant, whereas the red wine is round, fruity, and distinguished.
- Harvesting: By hand,into small crates to avoid bruising. Sorting before and after destemming. No crushing. The grapes arrive on a conveyor belt.
- Fermentation: Red: In temperature-controlled wooden and concrete vats. - White: In temperature-controlled stainless steel vats.
- Duration of barrel ageing: Red: In new oak barrels (50%) on fine lees, for 15 to 18 months. White: In oak barrels (30% new) and stainless steel vats on fine lees, for 6 to 9 month.
In Bordeaux, the heat resulted in early flowering. Also, this led to an early harvest after a very hot summer. As a starting point, there is great maturity in the grapes, and one can expect a more opulent vintage than in the last few years.
The summer this year has been the warmest since 1959, yet the rain has fallen at the right times during the growing season. The harvest took place two weeks before the norm and will yield grapes with high potential alcohol and the lowest acidity since the 2003 vintage. As they say in Bordeaux: "It has been a good and extreme growing season which hopefully also produces great wines".