Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Syrah 30%
2011 began with a rather cold winter with significantly low rainfall and varying amounts of sunshine. In spring, unlike other wine producing areas in France, the Languedoc had regular rain. Temperatures on the mild side accelerated the growth cycle, resulting in an advance of nearly 15 days by the start of the summer.
The advance was lost in June & July because of the colder weather. Rain during summer enabled sufficient water reserves for the grapes to ripen without problem.
The harvest period was accompanied by exceptionally warm autumn weather.
Tasting notes (May 2012):
Intense colour with glints of dark garnet.
The nose has good intensity, with a definite presence of strawberry and cherry notes that is characteristic of vintage 2011; this is a fresh, crisp vintage.
On the palate, the attack is supple and direct, there is less concentration than in previous years, and it is in terms of finesse that this vintage really asserts itself.
The finish is long and harmonious, well supported by the tannins, which are very elegant despite their youth.
Best time for drinking: 2012-2013