(2008 Vintage) Beginning of the year is quiet mild. The "real” winter only starts end of January until mid February. The second half of the month is mild and the rose’s buds start to grow... but the winter make’s a come-back in March with some more snow. In April, the weather is mild and rainy. May is warm and humid. Vines are growing very well and blossoming begins around the 13th of June what makes 2008 a "normal” year. From July to mid august, the weather is humid and unstable. The big pressing of mildew requires a constant vigilance. During the second half of August and beginning of September, we have a nice and warm summer which allow a good ripening of the grapes. The 13th of September we have a very rainy day with 40 mm in 24 hours... We were scared of a quick degradation of the grapes but a very nice period, cold and dry, followed and saved the 2008 vintage. The harvest begins on Tuesday 16th of September. The 2008 vintage looks great. Wines are very well – balanced with a great body and a fine and ripe acidity.
Wine Enthusiast(2011 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast on 10/01/2013
Wine Spectator(2000 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/15/02.