Area : 5,15 hectares
Terroir : Graves garonnaises
Grape varieties : 65% Cabernet Sauvignon et 35% Merlot
Density of plantation : 9000 plants / ha/p>
Average age of vines : 30 years old
Driving of the vineyard : Double Guyot pruning, Manual leaf thinning,
Crop thinning before colour change, An environmentally, friendly spray program
Harvest : entirely by hand-Grapes selection
Vinification : In thermo-regulared stainless steel vats,
Maceration for 3 weeks
Ageing in oak barrels : 20 month with 30% new oak barrels, 7 rackings.
Fining with fresh egg whites
Owner : Guy Delon & Fils
Consulting Œnologist : Eric Boissenot
born under a lucky star
2016 is one of a series of recent outstanding vintages including 2000, 2009, 2010, and 2015. However, the weather during the start of the growing season did not give us much hope for a great vintage. Mother Nature nevertheless showed her amazing ability to turn things around. The weather in 2016 was decidedly atypical, with record rainfall from January to June, followed by as long period of Mediterranean-type weather (very hot and sunny). 016 has all the characteristics of a great year: even flowering with good fertilisation, a water deficit with abundant sunshine in summer, homogeneous véraison (colour change), dryness tempered by cool night-time temperatures, and a magnificent Indian summer. Despite some very hot summer days, 2016 cannot be compared with 2003, the year of the heat wave. Much-hoped-for precipitation on the 14th of September helped the grapes to ripen completely and saved the vintage.
Tasting notes: (from barrel – April 2017)
Deep colour with purple highlights
Nose of ripe fruit
Very smooth on the palate with powerful, velvety tannin
Long classy aftertaste
A great wine displaying power, balance, and finesse
an outstanding year!
This unquestionably superb year took advantage of fine dry weather with warm temperatures and abundant sunshine from April to late July. A rather wet August followed by a beautiful month of September and early October led to ripe, concentrated grapes. This great vintage can be compared with such years as 2000, 2009, and 2010.
Beautiful, intense colour
Very aromatic nose of red and black fruit
Quite juicy on the palate with smooth fine-grained tannin
Plenty of flavour
A great wine
“saved from the waters”
This year can be said to have been “saved from the waters”. A relatively cool month of July was followed by a wet August. Fortunately, September weather was extraordinary, with hot, sunny days that brought the grapes to perfect ripeness. The last four weeks of the growing season completely changed the vintage profile.
The grapes were in perfect condition and there was no hurry to pick. The Merlot showed great balance between sugar and acidity. Although 2014 is not fabulous, it is a miracle vintage in a classic style, deeply-coloured, and well-constituted.
Soft and flavoursome on the palate with velvety tannin
Well-balanced and charming
the year of the viticulturist
Weather this year was rather challenging, with a cold spring that hampered flowering and brought on considerable coulure and millerandage. Yields inevitably suffered (especially in old Merlot vines) Special care needed to be taken during picking, which was very spread out. The crop was particularly small. Precision winemaking every step of the way, from the vineyard to the cellar, resulted in a well-focused, beautifully fruity wines with great colour and high-quality tannin.
Nose of red fruit
Fresh, smooth, round, fairly long, and well-balanced on the palate
elegant and charming
Things did not begin very well for the 2012 vintage A cold snap in early February was followed by a wet, cool spring that hindered vegetative growth. Cold, wet weather in the first two weeks of June upset flowering as well as fruit set. There was a lack of sunshine thereafter as well as major thermal amplitude that cause some coulure in Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Fortunately, dry warm weather lasting from the 20th of July to the 20th of September saved the vintage and reduced its heterogeneity.
Nose of rose and violet
Fresh and elegant, displaying good acidity and bursting with elegant fruit flavours
A very fresh wine with beautiful structure and crunchy tannin
year of the winemaker
Wonderful warm, dry spring weather in April and May that gave a boost to the vine growth. June, July, and August featured more “oceanic” weather with alternating very warm and rainy periods. Weather in September was very usual for the season. 2011 was one of the earliest-ripening vintages in the past 30 years.
Nose of black fruit and spice
Full-bodied and generous on the palate, with a tight-knit tannic texture
Plenty of finesse in this delicious aromatic wine
As in 2009, the weather was ideal during the harvest. The warm temperatures made for ripe grapes, especially the Cabernets. This warmth alternated with rainy periods, providing ideal growing conditions. 2010 is reminiscent of 1990, another excellent year.
Bouquet of red and black fruit with subtle oak nuances
Good body with a concentrated, well-balanced tannic structure
A powerful vintage with considerable tannin and long ageing potential
an outstanding vintage
The weather was very favourable from flowering to ripening. July and August were sunny and hot. This beautiful weather lasted until September and October. Cool nights alternating with hot daytime temperatures were conducive to concentrating aromas and anthocyanins.
Black and red fruit aromas along with spicy overtones
Soft and smooth on the plate with elegant, well-focused tannin
Lots of elegance and finesse as well as good length
a classic vintage
2008 was a surprising year. The 2008 growing season and ripening period had to contend with greatly fluctuating weather that changed abruptly from heavy showers to bright sunshine, and from cold to hot spells. Although ripening was uneven from plot to plot, this was enhanced by diurnal temperature differences in early September. This fine weather got rid of any vine diseases and provided the necessary sunshine for good ripening. The skins were thick, with high levels of colouring matter and tannin.
Nose of black fruit (blackcurrant and blackberry) with subtle oak
Smooth and rich with elegant tannin
Well-balanced wine with enough substance to age well