by James Lawther MW and Steven Spurrier This was an average and variable vintage, as one might expect. A constant battle was waged against mildew but the ultimate problem was bringing the grapes to full maturity. Work in the vineyards, terroir and the harvest date were critical. Those that achieved ripeness have an attractive red fruit expression those that didn’t a vegetal streak. Over-extraction was clearly not recommended as this was a year to emphasise the fruit. Where the producer has gone for over ripeness the Merlot often has a dull, flat edge. The Cabernet Franc was generally successful giving a lift to wines. Estates on the top terroirs (limestone plateau and slopes) were better set to avoid the inconveniences of the vintage. (JL)


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