The season was fairly harsh, especially at the end of December and at the beginning of January (up to -10°C). The weather during the entire month of January was cold and rather dry.
March was marked by cold and dry northern winds up until the 15th, followed by a fortnight of rainy weather
The first half of April was quite cold with some very light rainfall. As of the 18th, the temperatures were mild, underscored by dry weather.
The bud break occurred around the 18th and the 20th and benefited from the very best weather conditions.
May began with a decrease in temperature and fairly strong northerly winds. The spell of frost on the 14th caused no harm to the vineyard. At the end of the month, the temperatures rose to between 25° and 28°C for 5 days, thereby leading causing the vegetation to grow rapidly.
The weather was turbulent during the first three weeks of June.
Flowering started around the 6th of June during a period combining at once fine and cloudy weather. The temperatures were unusually cool and the rainfall was scarce for this time of the year. Trouble-free full flowering was observed between the 11th and the 13th.
The beginning of the month of July was marked by a very dry heat wave with day-time temperatures as high as 34°C. Bunch closure took place from the 12th to the 14th of July, when the temperatures dropped. Rainfall became scarce thereby leading to very dry soils.
The month of August was all in all, an excellent period, without too much heat and very little rain.
The first berries made an appearance around the 11th of August.
September was fine with cool morning temperatures, allowing the grapes to gradually ripen in the best conditions.
During the evening of the 24th of September, showers benefited the vines and led to a drop in temperature.
The harvest took place when the weather was favorable, offering plenty of sunshine and pleasant temperatures.
The Grolleau grape variety was picked when perfectly ripened and in good condition on the 27th of September.
On the 4th of October, some rainfall allowed the Cabernets, which were partly suffering from the drought, to finish their phenolic maturity. These varieties were also picked in a perfect state.
The Cabernet Franc grapes were harvested on the 11th and the 12th of October, while the Cabernet-Sauvignon ones were picked on the 18th of October.
Grolleau : 8 hectoliters/hectare
Cabernet Franc and Cabernet-Sauvignon : 10 hectoliters/hectare.
20-day maceration without extraction, limited cap punching and very little pumping over.
Vertical press made out of 200-year old wood
Grolleau : 18 months on lees in Burgundy casks used 5 times before.
Grolleau : the 27th of April 2012
Cabernet Franc and Cabernet-Sauvignon : the 27th of April 2012
The estate produced 8,000 bottles out of the 2010 vintage.