After a late and mild winter, drought set in until June, with summer like temperatures from April. The result was an early flowering, from May 10th. The foliage was healthy but not enough to provide protection for some Cabernet Sauvignon exposed to scorching days at the end of June (40ºC). By July 1st, the vegetation was three weeks ahead of its usual development. The vintage was then rescued by plenty of rain and cooler temperatures during July and August, with a late and slow ripening, which preserved flavor and freshness. The harvest then took place under a bright September sun.
Period of harvest
From September 8th to 28th, 2011
60% Merlot – 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
The Lacroix-Martillac 2011 in bottle has a lovely garnet colour with bright highlights. Deliciously aromatic on the nose revealing red and black fruit aromas(cherry, wild strawberries) and blackcurrant with some spicy notes. The palate is smooth and elegant, with red fruit notes and a touch of oak. On the finish there are some well-integrated but present tannins. Drink over the next 8 years.»
Between 16°C / 61°F and 18°C / 64°F.