Years pass and are not alike. 2017 is no exception. After a mild winter causing a particularly early bud break, the cold came back strongly at the end of April. The frost hit hard young leaves and clusters in formation. Some plots took more than 3 weeks to recover from the shock and revive their foliage. Unfortunately those gave almost no grapes. After this "slap" in spring, the weather was favorable during the summer with a month of August particularly dry and hot. So we started the harvest on August 29, almost 2 weeks ahead of the average of the other years! With our team of pickers we harvested beautiful ripe grapes with a very nice balance of maturity and acidity. And the juices? They ferment at their own pace. The cellar embalms.