Vineyard & harvest
Exceptionally uneven rainfall throughout the growing cycle. Two main climate groups can be identified for 2004: - The first was characterized by excessive rainfall during October, January, May and August, reaching up to 180% of the average cumulative rainfall. - The second showed significant deficits in December, February-March, June and September, when the total rainfall barely exceeded 30% of the regional average. The first flowers appeared on the Merlot on 25 May and flowering ended in mid-June in perfect conditions. Fine weather returned in September, with maximum temperatures of above 25°C for more than 20 days! The 2004 harvest period was one of the most extended in the wine's history. The Merlot was harvested from 23 to 30 September, and then, from 7 to 19 October, in cold, driving rain, we harvested tight, rich, intense Cabernets of enormous complexity.