The weather remained hot and dry, with a fourth and final heat wave on September 13–17. Concern grew as weather conditions favored intense concentration within the grapes. Fortunately, the week of September 23 brought moderate rains (30 mm) that, while usually feared at this time of year, reversed the trend: rehydrated, the estate’s grapes were able to complete their ripening process, especially that of their skins.
The rains also marked the start of harvest, which began on September 16 for the Sauvignon Blanc, on September 19 at Goulée and on September 23 at Cos d’Estournel for the Merlot planted on gravel, before coming to an end on October 7.
The vineyard was healthy and our team of harvesters worked rapidly to ensure the precious berries were collected at the height of maturity.