2003 will remain in the memory as the year of a heatwave summer and an early vintage.
After a cold and dry winter, 37% less rain fell in the spring than the average for the last 40 years.
August was exceptionally hot, with temperatures frequently rising above 40° C and less rainfall than normal for the season.
However the vines, being deeply-rooted, never really suffered from a lack of water and produced a crop of healthy, richly coloured and tannic grapes, harvested between 15 and 25 September.Oenological sheet
The wine has a dense colour with an attractive, red tint shading to garnet at the rim.
The nose opens on elegant aromas of toast, mocha and chocolate mingled with pleasurable vanilla notes which testify to time well-spent in oak.
Round and supple on the attack, its silky, perfectly integrated tannins develop a pleasant structure on the palate, refined and stylish, filling out on caramel and red-fruit liqueur flavours.
Superripe fruit combines with plenty of substance to give an appetising, beautifully long finish, rich and well-rounded, thoroughly in keeping with the exceptional climatic conditions of the vintage.Descriptive sheet