First impressions
Just a few words while fermentations are proceeding : The weather has been dry, cool and sunny this year. The vineyards have been remarkably spared by usual diseases. Conditions for harvest have been perfect : dry and cool. We started on Sept. 21st, and finished on the 26th. Grapes were very healthy with a thick, dark skin. Sugar level was among the highest of the past ten years. Acidity is rather high but, being constituted mostly of malic acid, it should drop significantly during secondary fermentations. As a whole it looks as a very promising vintage for long term keeping. (Oct. 2nd, 2002)