A mild and sunny winter caused early budbreak, on 21 March for the Merlot, 22 March for the Cabernet Franc and 4 April for the Cabernet Sauvignon. The weather pattern changed in April, with heavy rain encouraging rapid growth.
Hot and dry weather in May and June encouraged the vine to flower early, quickly and very evenly, with mid-flowering occurring between 3 and 6 June. Hot weather alternated with cooler periods in July, followed by a particularly hot and sultry August.
Veraison took place quickly and evenly, twelve days earlier than the average. The potential at that point was remarkable, identical to that of 1982 and 1989. However, rain in September meant that it was not possible to realise the full potential of the crop, though it did not destroy the quality already present in the skins.
The grapes were healthy, highly coloured and full of flavour, holding out the promise of well-balanced, full-bodied wines.Oenological sheet
The wine has a lovely, deep colour with a slightly orange hue and an open, refined nose that displays blackcurrant, leather and cold smoke aromas along with delicate caramel notes.
It is round, forward and richly flavoured from the attack, warm notes of humus mingling with black fruit, and displays superb balance on a mid-palate where the tannins become more velvety.
The finish is long and compact, leaving a lingering sensation of warmth on the palate.
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Balthus (1908-2001)Descriptive sheet