Winter was, overall, cold and wet. Budburst occurred in good conditions. Spring was extremely wet and rainy. Despite unfavourable weather conditions, flowering was quick, balanced, and free from shot berries. Sustained rainfall continued until early summer. Conditions were highly favourable for mildew development, which was kept at bay by careful work in the vineyard.
The summer ended with high temperatures and a lack of water, putting vines under water stress. This meant that tannin synthesis was ideal. September was perfect for ripening grapes.
This very concentrated and complex Château Mirefleurs was barrel matured for 14 to 16 months. Part of the maturing wine was kept in vats, to prevent over-strong woody notes.
From the vine to the glass
Maturity was relatively fast and tannin maturation smooth, thanks to September’s very sunny days and cool nights. Harvesting at Mirefleurs began on September 23rd.
Acidity levels and tannin concentration were excellent. As a result, maceration lasted 4 weeks with relatively long pumping over periods to gently extract the quality tannins from the berries.