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In time, the vines planted in 1985 are now providing a choice in plot selection. Conventional tillage and handpicking are jealously maintained. More rigorous each year, the wine is surrounded resources and the most modern aids. Penetrates the grapes in a vat which allows perfect control of fermentations. Livestock cellars are fully air conditioned.
Efforts now focus on the vine. The experience gained during 30 years of practice brings a mastery of soils and climatic constraints.
Right up there with 1947, 1961, and 2005, 2009 is a year of almost exaggeratedly (for Bordeaux) flamboyant, opulent wines with elevated ripeness and low acidity. The tannins are unusually ripe, while the wines are quite voluptuous in style. The Left Bank recorded more sunlight hours than legendary vintages such as 1947 and 1982, and grapes had higher sugar concentrations than 2003 and 2005. The key was significant diurnal temperature swings that allowed grapes to handle the hot daytime temperatures. An exceptional vintage across the board.