The clay-limestone soils proved a major advantage in ensuring a successful vintage, regulating water supplies to the vine during the dry periods from June to mid-July and also during wet weather in August and September. Veraison developed well, despite a rather shaky start. The Merlots and Cabernet Francs flourished, evolving harmoniously as the weeks passed. We harvested for almost three weeks – a real luxury – and waited for each parcel to reach optimum maturity before picking.
The Cabernet Francs were vinified gently without pressing to retain the finesse of the tannins. We sought to harness the intensity of the Merlots, and their fleshy, tannic character, which expressed superb aromas of ripe fruit when transferred to barrel.
The 2015 is a vintage full of promise at Château Reysson !