2016 was characterized in Bordeaux by a very uniform climate, resulting in a good quality vintage for the entire region. Bud break occurred around the normal time, although the spring was rather rainy and cold. June was particularly overcast and cool, but flowering nevertheless took place in good conditions. The summer was hot and very dry, almost too dry at the beginning of September, with ripening becoming hindered in some cases. Thanks to its rather cold, late-ripening terroir, Duhart-Milon, coped perfectly with this period of water stress, until the very welcome rain in mid-September. From this point onwards it was plain sailing, and the grapes finished ripening in optimal conditions.
TASTING NOTES (AT BOTTLING):
Beautiful dark colour with glints of violet and black. Very fine complex, delicate nose, despite the wine’s youth. The oak and toasted notes blend perfectly with the freshness, reflecting well-managed barrel-ageing. On the palate the attack is pure and delicate. Initially slightly closed, the wine gradually invades the palate, evolving with substantial volume, but never becoming aggressive. This creates a sensation of both power and lightness. The Cabernet Sauvignon develops more density towards the end of the mid-palate. The wine is very long and remains perfectly balanced throughout the finish. Should be at its peak in15 to 20 years.