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Hand harvested in small crates. Sorting on table before and after destemming. Casked into oak vats by gravity. Maceration prior to fermentation. Manual hand-plunging. Run-off into French-oak barrels, 50% of which are new.
Bordeaux / An excellent year for both sides of the Gironde and just the vintage that Bordeaux needed after the rain affected vintages of the previous 4 years. A mild winter and early spring was followed by a dry, hot summer. It did rain in early September but the rain was less than in the previous 4 vintages and, crucially, there was perfect weather from September 20th through to October.
Quality is high across all levels and appellations, with the Merlot-dominated wines of St-Emilion andPomerol being particularly successful. The best wines are very ripe and display good concentration and structure.