The 2000/2001 winter will be remembered for its exceptional humidity. Spring was slow to burst. One could notice some frost around April 20th, on a fairly late vegetation. Damage was thus limited. Blooming was somewhat delayed, but happened in exceptional heat conditions. A nice dry weather engendered an even and quick flowering, which was through by June 15th. The slight delay was confirmed when the grapes changed color. Late to start with (beginning of August), it was over within 2 weeks.
The merlots also benefited from these conditions, giving rich, harmonious and flattering wines. The weather slightly worsened after that, but without significant consequences on the cabernets, crossing some bad spells to then enjoy a beautiful Indian summer from October 4th.
Period of harvest
From September 25th to October 10th, 2001
60% Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Petit Verdot
The Wine Advocate by Robert Parker – 87 pts (2004/06)
« Once again this deep ruby/purple-colored offering’s aggressive levels of toasty new oak dominate its spicy, medium-bodied, monolithic personality. There is good depth, but the tannin and oak have the upper hand. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2013. »
Wine Spectator – 88 pts (2004/03)
« Complex aromas of smoke, berries and leaves follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a medium finish. Fresh herb aftertaste. Best after 2007. »
Between 16°C and 18°C