Northern Médoc is the part of Bordeaux that received the least water during the summer period, with water stress regularly observed in gravelly zones, suggesting a better vintage in our area.
As harvest approached, acidity was high and berries large, significantly diluting phenolic potential, which was finally relatively high compared to previous vintages.
The very dry months of September and October (an unexpected Indian summer) then made it possible to patiently wait for optimal skin maturity and evaporation of water in the berries, boosting development of a high concentration of good quality, phenolic compounds.
From the wine to the glass
Grapes entered the cellar with rare density and abundant seeds. This explains why extraction was particularly gentle on both Merlot and Cabernet, with pumping over targeting the first low-alcohol phase of fermentation, and a short enough vatting period to prevent extraction of the bitter pip tannins.