Dézaley Grand Cru
In the vine
On this steep slope which allows the sun to light the stump up to its base without fear of the shadow of its neighbors, a multitude of walls have been built which refract light and also store heat. Add to that the reverberation of the sun by the lake and you get a micro-climate, a natural oven suitable for roasting the grapes! But the quality of this vintage is not made only by day under a scorching sun. At night, an element of the local climate comes into play: the north wind of Dézaley. A cold, dry, biting wind blowing in a jerky manner, it cools the heat of the plant which slows down its maturation process. Thus the grape keeps all its aroma which gains in complexity during a prolonged maturation. This contrasting climate gives the wine its whole breed and its burnt, smoky, almond, honey and caramel characters framing subtle aromas of flowers and fruits.
During the harvest
The year 2017 is characterized by a very favorable climate throughout the wine season with less rain than in 2016. After a scorching summer period, autumn was relatively cool but dry. These favorable conditions led to very early harvests which started at the beginning of September for certain specialties and in mid-September for the classic wines, that is to say about two weeks ahead of the average. The very healthy and concentrated grapes could be picked with high sugar contents, good acidity and excellent phenolic maturity. The year 2017 produced wines of excellent quality, rich and aromatic with a beautiful expression of fruity / floral freshness supported by a positive acidity. The minerality of our different terroirs is well highlighted by the vintage. These are wines that will evolve well over time.
In the cellar
This wine makes its two fermentations, alcoholic and malolactic, then remains on its yeast lees until bottling. They decompose and finally melt into the wine, thus increasing the structure and texture of the latter. This is followed by bottling which takes place in June of the following year for a single bottling run of 1,000 bottles.