What an early year!
After a mild and dry start, the vines began to bud a week earlier than in 2019. April was hot and dry, with only 8 mm of rain falling between March 11th and April 27th.
Flowering started homogeneously around May 20th under a beautiful sun, but two cooler and wetter days disrupted it, causing coulure and millerandage.
Although the beginning of June was very cool, the end of the month was milder and drier (<30°C). The veraison started on 15 July, ranking 2020 the 4th earliest vintage at this stage after 2003, 2007 and 2011. A lot of sun damage was observed following these temperatures, sometimes very high (40°C). August was particularly hot, leading to wilting of the exposed berries. The end of the month was chilled by rainfall, mostly in the form of thunderstorms.
The harvest began under clement weather conditions on August 22 and ended on September 1 at Domaine Labruyère. The grapes were beautiful, perfectly ripe and exceptionally healthy and tasty.
This cuvée is a selection of great terroirs of Domaine Labruyère, predominantly originated from granite soils rich in quartz.
Grape variety : 100% Gamay
Planting density : 4 000 vines per acre / 10 000 vines per hectare
Average age of vines : 50 years
Harvest : Grapes are harvested manually in 15 kg crates before passing on a double sorting table and are 100% destemmed.
The fermentation takes place in concrete vats, in order to isolate each plot and to express the unique characteristics of our terroirs.
The entire system is thermo-regulated.
The wine is aged for 12 months in oak barrels and in 600-litre barrels, called "demi-muids", and then in concrete vats for 6 more months. Slight filtration and no fining.
(Tasted on May 4th 2021)
Colour : Very beautiful dark ruby.
Nose : Floral notes, fresh and slightly minty.
Palate : Liquorice and spicy notes, with a tangy fruitiness. Fresh, ripe and lively tannins.
Ageing Potential : 5 years.