Grape reception evolved considerably thanks to a new destemmer and the introduction of an optical sorter. Part of the vat room was converted to smaller volumes. Selection became the watchword. Only the parcels to the south of the appellation were affected by the brutal hailstorm of 1 September.
Robert Parker wrote in spring 2012: “A Sleeper of the vintage, this is a beautiful follow up in a much more challenging vintage to their exceptional 2009. Deep, purple-hued, with a nose of mulberries, black currents and cassis, the wine is dense, medium bodied, ripe for a 2011, with good underlying acidity and a seriously endowed, layered texture. The tannins are present, but well integrated and ripe. Drink it over the next 10 to 12 years.”