The cool conditions of 2021 came as something of a relief from the three preceding hot vintages. That’s not to say it wasn’t very hard work to meet the considerable challenges. This year it was a question of trying to accelerate ripening rather than decelerate it, so all vineyard work was devoted to this goal.
There was extensive debudding in early May to limit the number of shoots and thus ensure an airy canopy; there was also a rigorous green harvest that left only the ripest bunches hanging for the main event. The pressure of disease threatened throughout, and great vigilance was required to combat it, a task all the more difficult when only biodynamic treatments could be used.
By harvest time, the crop had been reduced by a good third, resulting in the estate’s smallest harvest ever. But the wines are delightful – intensely aromatic, transparent and bursting with energy.