Tasting Notes

(Base 19. Disg. Oct 2021)

2019 is the year where we experienced frost on our Chardonnay and where, at the same time, we experienced record heat (39C towards late July).

Outside these extreme episodes, the season was rather easy, with a little rain, lots of wind, excellent flowering and ideal conditions for maturity. Harvest was relatively early, at the beginning of September, with some maturity records (some of our Chardonnay were above 12 degree potential alcohol at harvest). The fermentations were slow and steady, an excellent way to ensure complexity. Aurélien says: “2019 is a great vintage, above 2018 which was too showy, and above 2020, which was too generous. The more extreme climate means a stronger personality in the wines. Looks like there is somehow a silver lining to global warming after all! The high level of precision we’ve been putting in our viticulture and overall work in the vineyard in the last few years has helped maintain a balance between sugar and acid in the wines.”

There is about 40-50% reserve wine (blend of 2018 and 2017) in those bottlings. Aurèlien Laherte - Winemaker