Spring was very wet and cooler than in 2018, with three mornings of frost, a phenomenon that is becoming increasingly common in the Bordeaux vineyards, but which did not cause any damage to the estate. This was followed by a clear, hot, dry summer with some light rainfall, which was beneficial to the vineyard. After a dry, scorching summer, with temperatures sometimes approaching 45°C, September proved to be a salutary month. Some rainfall in September (18-20/09) helped to limit the alcohol content and refine the tannin structure. The sunshine that followed ensured that the vines were in good health.
A rather comfortable vintage for the winegrower in his choices of technical viticultural and winemaking itinerary. The black fruit is very present, as are the spices. Beautiful elegance and tannic finesse. Maturing will bring all the ingredients together perfectly.
From the vine to the glass
The harvest took place in favourable weather conditions, with no sign of botrytis, thick-skinned grapes and ripe pips.
This was an early vintage, with beautiful flowering. It was described as “easy” in Saint-Emilion, as it required less work on the vines during the season. Despite a very hot July, a few stormy spells in August helped to limit water stress. The harvest was early, with optimum ripeness and uniformity, without excess. The wine has a deep, intense colour with dark highlights. Its spicy, complex and floral nose is marked by the Cabernet Franc, which was able to express its finesse despite the heatwave. A vintage full of potential and promise, with perfectly aligned tannins and fine barrel ageing revealing a pure expression of the terroir. The tannins will gradually polish and give way to a very promising aromatic bouquet of fruit and spices.
James Suckling – 93 pts Bettane & Desseauve – 93 pts Decanter – 92 pts Andreas Larsson, Tasted – 92 pts Antonio Galloni, Vinous – 92 pts