2016: the year of great excess? The weather pattern was certainly striking this year: a notably mild and wet winter resulted in early budding; this was followed by a very rainy spring which slowed the vines’ development during a wet period in April, May and June (interrupted by just a week of sun during the flowering in early June). Then an extraordinarily sunny summer that was very hot and very dry, with just a little bit of rain on July 28 followed by continued dryness through September 13. And then, finally, several storms!
Thanks to Laniote’s clay-limestone terroir, the vines were able to support the lack of water and we could calmly wait to achieve full maturity in October, for it promised to be a late harvest of very sweet, small grapes with low acidity and great concentration. Very promising indeed!
Château Laniote | Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé | Mentions