2010 was a dry but relatively cool year, with no summer heatwave. A generally cold winter gave way to a dry and cool spring that ended with some rainfall in mid-June. Temperatures started rising on 21st June and the summer weather continued through a particularly sunny July. The fine conditions of July were followed by a cloudier, slightly cooler and very dry August. Summer weather returned on 21st August with high temperatures (reaching 38°C on the 25th and 26th) and cool nights, getting the ripening process off to a good start.
A welcome spell of rain between 6th and 8th September helped the grapes to mature. Acidity levels fell and phenolic maturation was slow but the crop remained in excellent condition. The fine weather returned, still accompanied by cool night, encouraging the quality and synthesis of anthocyans and flavour until the harvest.
After showers on 26th September, picking started on 28th September in very good conditions and ended on 13th October. Naturally concentrated, the grapes were small and their juice, rich and highly coloured, displayed good acidity.
These factors - dry conditions without drought, an exceptional amount of sunshine, cool nights and rainfall that arrived just at the right time - give the 2010 vintage a remarkable identity. A splendid sequel to 2009, it is sure to become an outstanding year in the long history of fine Bordeaux wine.
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