The season opened with dry feet. Only in February did rainfall return to normal. As a result, the soil was hot and humid, conducive to over-early, over-rapid budburst. The end was generous indeed, but then temperatures dropped on April 16th, well before the notoriously chilly “ice saints” cold snap period.
The Médoc was hit by two cold snaps. On the evening of April 29th, Liversan suffered slight losses due to frost. Hit or not… The vineyard caught cold but escaped freezing, and only later in the season did we notice the delay, or even the loss, of fruit on 10 hectares of vineyards.
We realised how lucky we were compared to other vineyards in the area. May and June brought no surprises with fine flowering. Liversan soils warmed up faster than those of Hanteillan. The vine cycle was set to be shorter.
Despite a bad summer, ripening went smoothly; tannic potential was set to be good, without any excesses. Grape picking was sound but rather late. With Liversan’s warm soil adapting more easily to these average conditions.
From the vine to the glass
Concours international de Lyon – Médaille d’or
Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast – 91 pts
James Suckling – 90 pts
Lisa Perroti Brown, Wine Advocate – 90 pts