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Following a mild and wet winter in which ground water levels were increased, spring 2014 was a season of constant rainfall and mild temperatures which encouraged an early budbreak. The flowering period which followed this was rapid and homogeneous, with the exception of the Merlot, where ‘coulure’ or a slight loss of fruit was apparent. After a cool and mainly dry July, August was a particularly wet month. The cool August nights stimulated an excellent build-up of anthocyanins and aromas in the red grapes. The fabulous Indian summer in September evened out the discrepancies in ripeness, which occurred during ‘veraison’. This remarkable autumn allowed us to harvest all of our grapes with great ease.
2014 has a deep purple colour. An aromatic nose, offering up fresh red fruits (blackcurrant), notes of balsamic and spices. In the mouth, there is a dense and powerful structure with a lot of richness. The tannins are velvety. The finish is resolutely on the fruits, with notes of cherries and juicy prunes, but also some delicate floral notes (violet) and sweet spices. Good ageing potential for this vintage thanks to the Cabernet Sauvignon. A future grand « classic » of the property.