A moderately rainy winter gave way to a warm, dry spring at the beginning of March and an early start to budbreak. The warm temperatures pushed an early bloom with good berry set. A warm, dry summer allowed even ripening and a few hot days at the beginning of August meant an early start to harvest. Harvest took place August 31st through September 17th. – Pierre Seillan, Vigneron
The 2004 La Muse is elegant and subtle. An opaque purple core transitions to a garnet edge. Fresh acidity provides lift while the soft tannin contributes to a velvety mouthfeel. Initially reticent on the nose, the wine blossoms aromatically after about fifteen minutes in the decanter. The wine boasts red plum, Bing cherry, rhubarb, dried herbs, resinous underbrush and a touch of black tea, all surrounding a core of stony minerality. – November 2017
7.7% Cabernet Franc
4.1% Cabernet Sauvignon
The wine grew incrementally as it sat in the glass. A dense purple color was followed by aromas of loamy soil, charcoal, asphalt, chocolate, freshly brewed espresso and abundant blackberry and cassis fruit. This deep, rich beauty is still young and primary, but is loaded with potential. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035.