29 February, 20162015, Château Le Bon Pasteur

Our harvest of 2015 started on 29 September in Pomerol with Merlot and we have finished with the Cabernet Franc on 10 October. Thanks to the unusual perfect climatic conditions, we had everything we required from bud-break to harvest. The sunshine and the dryness allowed little chance for diseases to take hold.

The grapes are fermented in small new French oak barrels. Since they need to be handled more meticulously due to the complexity of the vineyard’s diversified terroir.

It is a great vintage for merlot – rich and fleshy. The cabernet franc possesses the aromatic quality of great vintages.

“As ever, the climate determines the quality of the grapes and hence the wines. All the stages of the vegetative cycle unfolded under beautiful conditions. With top quality grapes, the objectives for the vinification remain very simple – the less we intervene, the less we run the risk of doing something detrimental. Everything was done with delicacy from the harvest to the extraction. This was a year of precision in the vineyard followed by a minimalist approach to the vinification. An excellent year for the whites and they are dense and aromatic. The reds are very seductive, balanced and elegant with silky, fine tannins. The blend will be easy because all the varieties are excellent. This is the type of vintage that wine-makers love.”

Michel Rolland

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