The weather conditions for the 2011 vintage were unusual and required all of our technical teams’ vigilance and expertise.
This was a very early vintage, with an exceptionally hot spring, low rainfall at the beginning of the year, but then more in the summer, and a persistent threat of powdery mildew (a vine disease that is usually quite rare in the Bordeaux region). Finally, just as we were getting ready to harvest, a huge hail storm in the north of Pauillac and Saint Estèphe on 1 September obliged us to reorganize the picking schedule. The plots that had been affected had to be picked first; fortunately, as a result of the conditions, the grapes had ripened early, and quality was not compromised.
TASTING NOTES (AT BOTTLING):
Intense, deep crimson colour.
Dense nose, aromas of red and black fruit, boxwood and spicy notes.
Very dense on the palate with fine intensity. Very complex finish.