Spring was particularly dry and hot, with vegetative growth starting very early, from the end of March. These very favourable conditions lasted until the end of June, bringing about hasty vine flowering during the first week of June, then rapid swelling of the grapes, which reached the stage of fully-formed bunches by 1st July, some 2 weeks ahead of normal. The months of July and August were much cooler and damper, which slowed vine development.
At the end of August, then throughout the month of September, the weather remained dry, hot and sunny, allowing good grape ripening.
The harvest started at the domain on 15th September and ended on 1st October in the Hautes-Côtes, in ideal conditions.
The weather profile is very close to that of the 2011 vintage and the wines naturally show a lot of similarities: these are wines of intense colour, with well-integrated tannins thanks to complete ripeness and acidities that are mid-range, enhancing roundness on the palate. Aromas are precise and the character of each climat well defined.
All things considered, a vintage that is well-balanced, easy to appreciate in its youth, but with nevertheless an ageing potential of some ten years.