Another Cabernet vintage, due to the strong Merlot shudder, and because its quality entirely comes from the weather conditions of September and October.
May was rainy (20 days of
rain, 110 mm, compared with the thirty-year average of 75 mm), then June cool on the blooming, with strong temperature variations. This made difficult conditions for fecundation and many flowers
aborted, especially in the best blocks, which are the most precocious and with the oldest vines.
July and August were also wet and cool, but September (from the 9th. onward) and October, were dry with a dominant North-East wind, bringing some hope as this favored the ripening and the concentration of the grapes.Important summer work on the canopy and the clusters (trellising, shoot selection, thinning of the grape clusters…) set the stage for maximizing the qualitative potential of this vintage.
The harvest was from September 25 to October 11.
Because of the absence of many Merlots, the wines are mainly made of Cabernet. In June 2003, the wines are dark, deliciously aromatic, rich, very full in the mouth, supple, with very noble tannins.