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2011 Vintage

A vintage in which we made fruit and finesse the priority. The nose, still a little buttery, expresses lovely notes of red fruit (redcurrants), dark fruit (blueberries), violets, and light tobacco. The attack on the palate is smooth and evolves with a fresh, refined texture. Very pleasant, fruity, full-bodied character. A delicious sweetmeat. The finish is moderately long and elegant with notes of fresh fruit and vanilla. Although only recently bottled, this wine already makes a fine accompaniment to numerous dishes or can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif, perhaps enhanced with little fine charcuterie or fresh cheese.

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HARVESTING

This was a hot, dry year. The vines began their growth cycle two weeks early. On 4 June a severe hail storm resulted in losses of 15 to 80% depending on the plot and then dry weather slowed the vines down until a period of heavy rain at the beginning of August enabled normal development to resume and accelerated the start of the ripening process. Conditions for the ripening and picking of the grapes were excellent. The very favourable climate enabled the number of treatments to be halved. Extensive, meticulous canopy management was required to compensate for the hail damage and the dry weather, and to ensure a homogeneous harvest in each plot.

Harvest dates:

Merlot, 09 to 19 September
Cabernet Franc, 15 September
Cabernet Sauvignon, 13 to 23 September

Average yield: 24 hl/ha

BLEND

• Cabernet Sauvignon: 75%
• Merlot: 20%
• Cabernet Franc: 5%