Pruning shears and buckets are placed, the first golden leaves begin to fall in the vineyards, and the 2015 red is finally in barrels: it's time for us to breathe and look in the mirror to give you our feelings about this beautiful 2015 vintage.
After a very rainy winter which helped to fill the reserves of soil water, spring began timidly, coldly. The vine took his time before showing us his first leaves. Early April the first buds have hatched.
Spring was particularly dry, allowing the vines to grow in very favorable conditions, healthy, promising a good harvest.
In early June, temperatures were worthy of August. They provoked storms benefactors for the vines that were beginning to reclaim water. In the summer, hot and dry weather accelerated the ripening of the grapes.
The harvest began on August 31 by the Grenache and Cinsault rosé. The Mourvèdre, growing on deeper clay soils, are made to wait a little longer. The harvest ended September 22.
In the cellar, fermentation took place in ideal conditions. The rosés, just racked, will be blend in December. They reveal attractive vine peach and tropical fruit, backed by a great fullness in the mouth. They will spend the winter in the concrete tanks, where they will gain in finesse, before being bottled in March.
The reds are powerful, with aromas of spices and black berries with a nice tannic structure that promises fine wines for aging. They will gain in complexity and elegance throughout the 18 months of aging in casks.