Vine-growers in Burgundy often call “Campagne” the time between budburst and harvest, and is derived from the use of the word “Campaign” to describe a military operation.
The word “Campaign” is particularly suitable for the 2004 vintage, as we had to “fight” more than usual.
The battle started in June when de-budding was necessary to reduce the number of bunches of grapes, as the crop seemed to be over abundant.
During July, we had to spray thoroughly every week against oidium, which was extremely aggressive this year.
At the beginning of August, the green harvest was followed by the thinning out of the leaves, to reduce, for a second time, the volume of the harvest as the rather large bunches of grapes would have lead to an over abundant harvest, and this, despite the earlier de-budding in June.
At the end of this exhausting summer, the month of September fulfilled all our expectations, and rewarded us for all the hard work, bringing sunshine and warm temperatures, which helped the spectacularly rapid ripening process.
The harvest began on September 25th and ended on October 8th in the Hautes Côtes, under clear skies with dry weather, which meant the grapes were perfectly healthy, with a natural alcohol content of between 11.5° and 12.5° and with an intense colour of berries.
The wines have developed rather slowly, as the malolactic fermentation only took place during the summer of 2005.
The early youthful aggressiveness, due to important quantities of malic acid, has now disappeared, and they are now showing a perfect balance. The colours are deep and steady, and the fruit flavours are intense and fresh.
Despite the fact that they are still in barrels, they are already good to taste. Their potential for ageing is exceptional, thanks to their good resistance to oxidation.
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