It’s been a week since our last Cabernet Sauvignons were picked. The grapes from all our vineyards are now safely in the warm.
Our first harvest at Château Tour de Pez gave us a great wealth of information that will allow us to make major changes to vine growing in the future, to enhance quality. With a perfect state of health and a controlled yield of about 50 hl/ha, this harvest has shown the ability of this clay-silt and clay-limestone soil to adapt to climate change, by limiting the water stress on the vine to the bare necessity. This land has given us wines that seem to breathe balance and finesse.
At Château Arnauld, the Lamarque plateau, with its clay-gravel soils and subsoils and the age of its vines, perfectly withstood this summer’s drought. This vintage will certainly be remembered for its sumptuous Cabernet Sauvignons, with rarely achieved taste, delicacy and radiance. And this year they were grown according to the principles of organic farming!
And for Château Larose Trintaudon and Château Larose Perganson, with elegant Merlots, big Cabernet Sauvignons with small berries and Petit Verdots black as ebony, all with moderate yields related to the poor fruit set, it is expected to be a very great success.
The tanks are still bubbling, the first have already been run off, and the whole team hopes to reap the rewards of a long year’s work!