So much water! This was the year when everything changed: in a flash, we went from London spring to Sevillian summer! Winter was cold with intense frosts and well-provisioned water reserves. From December to March, around 500 millimetres of rain fell when on average, the Médoc receives 800 millimetres in a whole year. Soils warmed slowly, as did budburst. May and June: hellish conditions with rain and mildew. Part of the harvest was destroyed before flowering, and it was only thanks to flawless protection, a hint of intuition and a pinch of luck, that we reached July with a healthy vineyard! It was worth it, because the coin flipped at this point: sunshine and heat, until the end of October. A miracle took place… what a vintage!
For more to be less, we had to learn how not to wait… The vineyard was ready on September 27th. The hot soils delivered a perfect harvest. Freshness and typicity were our guiding lights for vatting. Without going overboard for opulent, heavy wine, we read the tone and depth of the plant matter.
From the vine to the glass
Alcohol and acidity balance were perfect… a star (vintage) was born. At Liversan, maturing perfects the natural palatability of wines. Gently toasted barrels were chosen to bring a touch of refining sweetness to the youthful titan. So, back to work now, before the next appointment for final blending in December or January.
“Huge colour, superb black autumn fruits nose, already ripe and succulent with natural tannins and very good depth, lots of vineyard flavours, robust yet elegant.” 92/100.
Steven Spurrier’s Tasting Note, Wine Critic.