Both winter and spring were relatively cold and rainy. We then experienced a warm summer: from the beginning of January to the end of March 2008, there were 75 days above 30°C compared to 49 over the same period in 2007.
Fortunately, no extreme temperatures that could threaten the grape’s growth were registered and, from April, temperatures were more moderate with large differences between night and day. This enabled us to obtain wines with perfectly ripe tannins and spectacular fruit.
tasting notes (at bottling)
The wine is a very deep red colour with purple highlights.
The nose has a very good intensity and reveals fresh, ripe red fruit aromas. It is very pure and well-defined.
The long 18-month ageing brings well-integrated notes of oak. It is accompanied by light toasted and grilled notes that do not dominate the wine. Some spicy notes (characteristic of the Carmenère) are also present.
In the mouth, the wine is, at first, rather soft and discreet but it rapidly acquires an elegant fullness. The tannins, round and supple at first, become powerful and tight. The wine remains harmonious, balanced and presents a fine freshness. This is a typical feature of fine Cabernet Sauvignon when ripening conditions are optimal.
Aromas of violet and eucalyptus are present in the finish, which is very long, full and consistent. The last noticeable tannins are still a little young but will rapidly soften after a few months ageing in the bottle.