The conditions for maturing in the sunshine were perfect for Hanteillan limestone. The Cabernet vines also enjoyed the warmer climes, and the Merlot had already had their fill. Aromaticity, concentration, we had it all, almost as if Bacchus felt the need to apologise for the bad start to the year. The versatile nature of the terroir can prove confusing.
From the vine to the glass
Exceptional wine potential required some taming during vinification: pumping over was reduced and extraction diffused spontaneously. Sugar content was high but balanced by concentration of the must.
Maceration was shorter than usual… and the wine was full, sublime and immediate. Maturing must always be tailored, enabling it to reveal and enhance… and no more. We decided to increase barrel maturing.
“Superb colour, pure cassis nose and good depth of rich fruits with natural tannins, wood blended in to support the explosive yet controlled fruit, fine tannins, a very good northern Medoc. 2022-30. 92/100.”
Steven Spurrier’s Tasting Notes, Wine Critic.