2014 started very early with bud break 15 days ahead of schedule after a particularly mild winter. The spring trend quickly followed on from 2013 with frequent rainfall, however, with lower totals. The start of flowering, cool and very humid, did not bode well for a good harvest, but the warmer and drier conditions of mid-June made it possible to homogenize the end of the flower, with well-knotted Cabernets. Summer 2014 is characterized by frequent stormy episodes until almost mid-August with very little possibility of water deficit during the summer period. Veraison lasted more than a month, especially on the Merlots. It was the end of the month of August, which was particularly hot and dry, which allowed the establishment of water constraints on the drying sectors, with however a fairly large berry size and very dense foliage, which continued to grow very late in the season.
The Nord Médoc is the area of Bordeaux that received the least water during the summer period, and we could regularly observe phenomena of water restriction in the gravel sectors, suggesting a milder vintage for us.
From the vine to the glass
Concours de Bordeaux – Médaille d’or