The 2015 vintage was an optimal balance of temperate warm and dry weather. After a mild, early spring that advanced growth by 2-3 weeks, temperatures dropped to a cooler average through the end of August until a dry, east wind created potential for dehydration in the vineyard. Winemaker Florent Merlier began a targeted watering program to combat moisture loss which allowed continued, gradual maturation of fruit at an ideal measure of water stress. Fruit was handpicked at peak ripeness in the cool, early morning hours September 18th - 25th.
The Dijon blocks blend is an exciting process for our winemaker as it allows him to construct a cuvée from multiple clones that, when blended, create a complex wine showcasing a striking balance between aromatics and structure. Each clone was separated into single lots to maximize individuality and gentle handling throughout harvest preserved varietal typicity. Twice-a-day punchdowns were reduced toward the end of fermentation and a 7-day post maceration was applied to build structure while maintaining fine, silky tannins. 15 months in 45% new French oak lends overall complexity and longevity.