The 2011 vintage was characterized by a cool July, while both early spring, late August, and early September were very warm, with temperatures well above seasonal averages. Bud burst was slightly early but quite uniform. Regular weather during the spring and a cool early summer with scattered rainfall, up until the beginning of August, favored a lengthy growing season without vine stress. The heat of late August, though mitigated by the nearby presence of the sea, caused some irregularity and variability in the ripening along with a loss of production, particularly in early-ripening varieties such as Merlot. September was milder in its temperatures, and occasional rainfall allowed the later-ripening Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon to complete the final phases of their ripening in a uniform manner, guaranteeing an exceptional concentration of flavor and tannins.
A wine of the aromatic intensity and silkiness of texture was something rather unexpected in such a hot vintage as the 2011. The Merlot gave sweetness of flavor, density of texture, and a very intense aroma of black fruit. The Cabernet Sauvignon contributed an exceptional richness along with additional black fruit aromas, liquorice, and not the slightest hint of greenness. Cabernet Franc added a magnificent balance and poise, smoothing the elevated tannic power of the other varieties and, finally, the Petit Verdot supplied that light touch of spice which completed the bouquet. This isa concentrated wine, one of great class and elegance, a wine capable of a very lengthy aging and positive evolution in the bottle.