The 1985 vintage
A great sweet wine, surprisingly made from some of the longest and latest harvests of the century.
WEATHER DURING THE GROWING SEASON
January 1985 will long be remembered for coming close to the record low temperatures of January 1945 and February 1956. Fortunately, the vines suffered no damage. The rest of the year was in keeping with a normal year, and the grapes ripened in mid-September.
Dry, hot weather in September and October did not favour the spread of botrytis. The first wave of picking, which produced 5 barrels, did not take place until October 24th, and lasted until October 29th. The weather remained dry in November and there were heavy morning frosts. After the second wave, lasting from November 13th to 15th , ¾ of the yield were still on the vine. Temperatures increased in late November and picking was stepped up between November 27th and December 5th. The last grapes were harvested on December 16th. A very late vintage!
Bottled : 18.000 bottles Alcohol content : 13°5 Sugars : 100 g / l A.T. : 4,2 g / l
NOTES ET CRITIQUES DÉGUSTATION>
Golden colour just starting to show its age. Botrytised nose with hints of figs, dried fruit and nuts. The palate is soft and well balanced good acidity. The flavour is gaining in complexity and subtlety with age. A slightly dry aftertaste, typical of the vintage.