The mild and rainy winter awakens the vines in a homogeneous way with an early ripening. A few plots of merlot in the lowest part of the hilltops of the estate are impacted by the frost during the month of April. The spring was not sunny but rainy until the end of May. This imposes a slow pace of growth. At the beginning of June, the return of sunlight and the sudden spike in temperatures ensures the smooth flow of the flowering on almost the entire estate. Some merlots, the most sensitive ones are affected by “coulure”. Mid-june, from the fruitset, a capricious weather forecast punctuated by a number of rainy episodes will be installed until the end of the “veraison” at the beginning of August. It will be necessary to wait for the summer to be finally here with 4 weeks of magical weather which could permit to catch up with the delay of the ripeness. The right ripeness of the plots only arrive the last week of September. At the beginning of October, the cabernet sauvignon express at last their full potential, the freshness and tension remind us of historical great vintages.
Second cru classé en 1855
AREA UNDER VINES : 82 ha
SOIL : Garonne gravel from the first quaternary, settled more than 600 000 years ago