(2004 Vintage) The winter, like the spring of 2013, was characterized by rain and a lack of sunshine. The water table could re-establish itself, but the growth cycle started late and slowly. In June, both Merlots and Cabernets flowered simultaneously. But important rainfall made it complicated and generated “coulure” and “millerandage”. July was hot and dry, resulting in small grapes. September, with its mild temperatures, left us waiting for the late harvest. At the end of the month, a wave of low pressure coming in from the Atlantic brought warm, wet weather… as well as a botrytis threat. Our quick reactions and flexibility along with sorting and selection were crucial to ensure that only ripe, concentrated fruit went into the cellar. A slow and gentle vinification was carried out at 25°C, preserving fresh fruit flavours and extracting soft yet elegant tannins. A number of elements, including the losses in spring, small grapes and meticulous sorting explain the low yields. Very nice batches combining fruit and elegance have resulted in the creation of a wine that lives up to Haut-Bailly’s standards of quality.
Wine SpectatorRating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/16/86