Although 2010 has a "family resemblance" to 2009, there was a complex start to the vine-growing season. The fairly high rainfall was difficult to manage up until mid-June. July, August and September were then very dry (with an average of 20mm of rain) with excellent daytime temperatures and cool nights, which is ideal for a slow but complete ripening of the grapes.
Nevertheless, this dry period had a negative impact on the berry size. Having recorded some flower abortion and uneven grape size, the Chateau was expecting a low yield.
The harvests at Lafite took place from 21 September to 12 October. As a result of the different soil types, the Chateau harvested each plot separately in order to ensure that the grapes were picked when they were fully ripe.
The long malolactic fermentations of the red wines will lead Lafite to blend the wines later than usual.
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