After a mild winter, the first buds appeared around 22nd March, following a growth spurt encouraged by clement weather conditions. Thanks to its great situation, next to the river, the vineyard was well protected from the devastating frosts at the end of April: only a few isolated, more fragile vines were affected, so without any impact on the future harvest.
Château Le Boscq has benefitted from its dry micro-climate, together with just 20mm of rain in August – only a third of the normal expected rainfall – leading to significantly low levels of water in the soils. When rain began to fall at the beginning of September, the gravel and clay soils of Château Le Boscq managed the water well, released in just the right quantity to revive the development of the vines which were already well on the way to maturity. Moderate August and September conditions allowed phenolic compounds to become concentrated, whilst preserving freshness.
A fortnight earlier than usual, we picked very healthy Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc and Petit Verdot.
In keeping with our consistently high standards, we only vinify the best quality grapes, selected using optical sorting. This year along with our tanks of varying capacity, developed to handle a very precise parcel selection, we have added 18 lots of barrel-fermented wines from tiny, very high quality parcels.
Barrelled in January, the wines are already complex and fresh with smooth tannins. 2017 is a great vintage at Château Le Boscq and reflects perfectly this superb terroir of which we are so proud!
Photos : © Studio Twin