With the lowest temperatures since 1996, the early part of the year was in stark contrast to the rest of the decade. Winter frosts and a cool spring reminded us of the latitude of the vineyard. The hot summer - although not excessively - and the low rainfall made the year particularly dry. Suddenly, everything changed in mid-August: in two days as much rain fell as in two months. With the heat and rainfall, the ripening was quick and generous, but the harvest began with botrytis, which affected the Pinot Noir grapes. As in 1995, the grapes achieved an intense balance between sweetness and acidity, but it was necessary to give up some parcels and subject others to careful selection to bring out the best from a year full of contrasts. The sweetness of tropical fruit immediately shines: green mango, melon and pineapple. Then more temperate notes emerge: the tingle of an orange peel, the mist of a mandarin. The wine breathes and its freshness is revealed. Flowering after rain. A tactile sensation of peony, jasmine and lilac. The wine quickly reveals its full, rich, intense character. An interesting maturation and a tactile sensation follow the aromatic experience. On the palate the matter takes shape, generous, decisive, controlled. Then it strengthens, making the wine vibrate on spicy and peppery notes. The energy is prolonged, up to a magnificent salty finish.