The first months of 2010 were particularly cold and dry. Temperatures were 2.1°C below the normal season, causing a delay in the budding. This was quickly reduced with nearly summery temperatures in April thus allowing for a good vegetative development.
The flowering was disturbed by the rainfall and cool days of the first fortnight of June, which lead to a strong flower abortion and mixed berry size. Only during the 3rd week of June the temperatures went back to normal. The summer was characterised by little rainfall and temperatures only 1.5°C higher than normal with a hot July.
Water stress increased in July, halting vine growth. At the end of August, strong levels of stress took place on a few sandy and gravely terroirs which helped the anthocyan synthesis and phenolic compound. Latour’s clay terroir helped the vine to keep the water and obtain a more regular maturity process.
Mid-September, grapes were in rude health with an aromatic and phenolic structure that was dense and deep. Between September 6 to 8, the18mm of rainfall helped the grape skins to ripen. The Merlot harvests started on September 20th with Latour’s young vines. Their best Merlot plots were picked on the 22nd and 23rd, and showed some potential alcoholic degrees of 14.4% vol on average with an acidity of 4.5g/l on sulphuric acid, giving plenty of freshness on the tasting.
After a period of heavy rainfall (21.5mm), the lovely weather returned at the beginning of October and stayed until the end of the harvest. Latour started picking again with the Cabernet Sauvignon on October 4th. The analytic parameters showed excellent balance with high potential sugar and a good level of acidity.
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