The 2016 growing season proved, once again, the importance of pruning. By adapting our pruning techniques to each micro-cru, after several years of drought, we worked in concert with Mother Nature to produce grapes that would result in elegant, age-worthy wines in the signature styles of La Muse, La Joie and Le Désir.
While we experienced some heat spikes in July, the temperatures during the summer growing season were moderate with some cooler days in late August. This provided the ideal conditions for slower ripening, resulting in less sugar accumulation and producing good acidity in the grapes.
The harvest took place within a two-week period across all four appellations. This was faster than normal, but necessary in order to preserve the natural acidity in the grapes and to prevent excess sugar, which are important for achieving balanced, elegant wines.
We are very pleased with the 2016 vintage as its sophistication and finesse shine through. These wines will age extremely well for decades to come.
Pierre Seillan, Vigneron