The 2020 vintage was characterized by mild weather conditions in winter and a rainy spring.
Although temperatures rose slightly with the arrival of spring, ample water in the ground encouraged an early budbreak that began on March 18th, comparable to the 2019 vintage.
Wet conditions prevailed in April, requiring our teams, downsized due to the pandemic, to step up their efforts to diminish the threat of mildew.
A particularly dry hot spell edged its way into the damp weather, allowing for homogeneous flowering throughout the vineyard. In May and June, the rain returned with no end in sight.
Thankfully, beautiful sunny weather from June 19th heralded the beginning of summer and eased our fears.
The ripening period that ensued until harvest was hotter and drier than usual. Miraculous thunderstorms mid-August signaled a turnaround for this vintage, allowing the grapes to reach perfect ripeness. Bruno Clenet, Vineyard Manager, refers to the raindrops as “gold from the heavens”. The diurnal temperature range at the beginning of September ensured that precious grape aromatics were maintained.
During the first ripeness checks at the end of August, we observed, with great enthusiasm, the homogeneous quality of the grapes. The Merlots were generous, and the thick-skinned Cabernet Sauvignon berries were small and concentrated.
Temperatures were normal for the season as harvest kicked off on September 14th with the Merlots.
The thermometer easily reached 30°C during the first week of picking, resulting in a concentration of juice in the Merlot berries.
Harvest went off without a hitch, ending on a cooler note with the Petit Verdots and Cabernets finishing by the end of September, which, it must be said, is quite rare.