On the deep, well-drained gravel soils at Château Le Boscq, the vineyard has seen a rigorous viticultural regime introduced to the vineyard. Given the uncharacteristically wet first six months of the season, followed by the driest summer in 25 years, the vines coped extremely well with the exceptional fluctuating water availability, largely since all our parcels are now under production, and that vineyard practices are adapted to the profile of each parcel.
The older, deep-rooted vines and the parcels of younger vines, whose balance has been improved by the team’s painstaking work, both withstood extremely challenging conditions without any adverse effect on canopy development. Given the estate’s ideal, elevated location close to the estuary, constant air circulation kept the soils and vines well-aerated and in high health. Welcome rain 13 – 14 September drew a line under the dry weather, kick-starting ripening once more, which up to this point had been slowed by the unseasonal weather.
The late-ripening varietals, which have a starring role in the blends, took full advantage of the Indian summer. Harvesting was conducted selectively and proceeded at a leisurely pace, with the added luxury of extending over a 4-week period. Careful sorting in the winery using our new optical sorting equipment meant we vinified perfect, plump, and ripe berries, of which a small proportion of only the most premium quality parcels for each variety were vinified in 225-litre barriques.
The wines are rich, deeply-coloured and complex, and already reveal the subtle hint of cedar wood so typical of the terroir at Château Le Boscq.