The drought began as early as in December 2002, and in May, after the blooming, it was
apparent that the vintage would be an early one. This year will be remembered by its record temperatures and for the general drought. The average temperatures of June and July were 3 °C above the
average, while August was 5 °C above the average. The temperature of July went over 40 °C, August was very hot also, as well as the beginning of September; the rest of the month finished normally.
Due to the excellent gravely soils of Margaux, the vegetative cycle of the vines was not deeply altered, and the ripening process had been progressive, smooth and slow. We elected to wait before
picking the grapes until the skins were able to release their color and the arrival of cooler nights could trigger the development of perfumes and soften the tannins.
The picking took place from Sept. 18th to Oct. 6th. The average yield was of 37 hl/ha.
In December 2003, the young wines are richly colored. The Merlots are very ripe, aromatic, quite charming with exceptionally supple and attractive tannins. The Cabernets are more lively and intense, very elegant and amazingly fresh.