Harvest date: August 28th, 2003
Stunning harvest with some presence of burned, overheated, dehydrated grapes caused by scorching heat.
Selection: hand-sorted in the vineyard and on arrival in the winery to remove dehydrated berries.
Harvest de-stemmed, not crushed and vatted by gravitaty.
No yeast addition.
Maceration: pre-fermentation, cold (15 C).
Length of maceration: 14 days.
Cap-punching: very few. No pumping-over.
Length: 15 months
Type: in barrels.
Percentage of new barrels: 50 % until July 2004. 0 % after.
Toasting: long and gentle heat, without charring.
Source of wood: Nevers, forêt de Bertranges, Allier
Racking: Barrels racked once in July 2004.
Light and soft filtration. No fining.
November 30th, 2004
Limited to 3,006 bottles and 166 magnums.