After a mild and gloomy winter, beginning of spring was very rainy. It rained 3 times more than usual, the soggy soils remained in our memories as a bitter failure of spring ploughings.
The mild temperatures activate the growth of vinesduring May and the weather was fine until flowering about June 15th. Then cool and rain delayed the end of blooming, despite these conditions we didn’t observe any significant sag.
In July, we expected high harvest potential and we did a careful thinning under good weather. At the end of August the qualitative potential was there.
Unfortunately, rain and coolness came back. The date of September 24 was chosen for the start of picking without much enthusiasm. We harvested without rain ; cool temperatures ; swollen grapes ; correct degrees ; medium acidity ; phenolic maturity… it’s much better than we could have feared… The juice yield is about 10% higher than estimated.
The white wines are pure with a good freshness so as red wines with their red fruit aromas, their good acidities without much malic acid. We think that the wines should be better tasted young.
Clive Coates Février 2012 : medium colour. Soft, ripe, charming nose. Medium body. Good fruit. Good grip and structure for the vintage. No weakness. Vigorous at the end. Most enjoyable.
The vine – Clive Coates – juin 2004 : Medium-full colour. This has gone into its shell a little on the nose. Medium-full body. More obviously tannic structure than the 2002. Very good grip. Slightly less rich. Certainly less plump. But more spice. Plenty of energy and distinction. Lovely long complex finish. Very fine. 2011-2025. 18.5VINTAGES