2017 Sunshine all around!
The exceptional mildness and sunshine of March and the first two weeks of April favoured a very rapid development of the vines. The drop in temperatures at the end of April had no consequences and unlike 2016, the frost spared the vineyard.
With temperatures still high, the vine's development cycles during the vegetation phase were dazzling (early and rapid flowering at the end of May/beginning of June and "lightning" veraison, completed on 10 August).
With a scorching end to August interspersed with rainy spells, the grape ripening process accelerated and 2017 was one of the earliest vintages since the early 2000s.
The harvest began on 29 August at the estate.