It was sometimes tiring, often stressful, but always magical. Our vines have given us many surprises, from the youngest to the oldest. On some of our plots, very young vines, growing next to their more than fifty year old elders, offered us their first quality grapes this year. On others, old vines that we thought had been lost, because when we arrived they were so overgrown with clematis (which we had to remove, again by hand), gave us magnificent bunches of delicious, fleshy and perfectly concentrated grapes.
No doubt they wanted to show their gratitude to us for having finally rid them of those pesky clematis. In recent months, we have been able to measure how lucky we are to be able to work with such a rich and diversified terroir.
Each grape variety present on the estate, of which there are 6 at the moment, has its own particular taste and aesthetic characteristics. Each parcel has its own soil and even climate characteristics. It can happen that it rains on a plot of land located at the foot of our little puech, and that not a drop falls on another plot of land located barely 200 metres higher, on the top of our hill. Chaque pied de vigne a sa vigueur, et sans doute son histoire dont les nœuds de bois formés au fil des ans sont les discrets témoins.
Throughout August, we also monitored the ripeness of the grapes, in conjunction with our beloved lab, which analysed the small bottles of lovingly pressed juice (always by hand).