After a mild and wet start to the year, warm weather and sunshine in March caused rapid growth of the vine, which was 15 days ahead of the average. Budbreak began on 16 March for Merlot and Cabernet Franc and on 24 March for Cabernet Sauvignon. April was generally wet and cool except at the end of the month.
Flowering began in early May, 8-10 days earlier than the average, and was completed in good conditions. Mid-flowering was noted on 2 June for all varieties. The summer was hot and sunny, with little rainfall.
Mid-veraison was noted between 7 and 12 August according to the variety. Unfortunately, heavy rain persisted between 7 and 20 of September, though the harvest took place in rather pleasant conditions and the grapes were in perfect health.
Despite the wet weather, the crop showed no adverse physical effects from the amount of rainfall. The berries were intact, with an average volume and skins very rich in anthocyans. The flesh had high sugar levels and brown pips, showing that the fruit was fully ripe.Oenological sheet
The wine is a deep and dark, garnet red, shading slightly at the rim, while the complex nose displays notes of leather and wax with a slightly animal cast, all elegantly set off by a floral underpinning and attractive oak.
The supple and precise palate shows good balance, with well-integrated tannins and an opulence that enfolds the structure.
The flavours linger on a long, fruity finish.
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Karel Appel (1921-2006)Descriptive sheet