After a cool winter, bud burst came early, with the first sign of green emerging 31 March. Even growth was followed at the end of May by flowering amid favourable weather conditions.

The favourable early beginnings continued with a hot and dry summer, facilitating healthy conditions in the vineyard throughout the year. In this mature vineyard, the vines are well-established on clay-limestone soils, and did not suffer from lack of water during the first half of summer. After the rain at the start of August, veraison went well. The grapes were in pristine condition, and we started harvesting in ideal conditions, almost 10 days ahead of schedule, spreading the harvest over 3 weeks to allow the Cabernets to reach optimum maturity.

Vinifications went extremely well and the results exceeded our expectations. The wines are fruity, fleshy, very well balanced, with a potential not dissimilar to the great 2010.

2015 has delivered one Château Pey La Tour’s finest vintages.