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2012
Winter
Winter was fairly mild with little rainfall until the second half of December when the temperatures became icy – as low as -10 to -12 C°, resulting in snowfall.
March was relatively mild, peaking at 25C° and with little rainfall.

Spring
April was a very rainy time with a cold spell during the second half of the month, largely slowing down the growth of the vegetation.
May was characterized by periods alternating sunshine and high temperatures, followed by cold temperatures and rainy spells. June was mild and cloudy with regular rainfall.
Flowering was late and drawn-out.

Summer
The first couple of weeks of July were marked by little rain, cold temperatures and cloudy weather. Heavy rainfall on the 13th and the 14th of July was followed by a rise in temperature.
Rainfall on the 30th of July was replaced by a sunny and warm period until mid-September.

Autumn
The second part of September was marked by successive rainfall through to the month of October.
Benefiting from perfectly suitable weather conditions, the harvest kicked off with the Grolleau grape variety on the 10th and the 11th of October.
The Cabernet Franc varieties were picked when well-ripened between the 17th and the 23rd of October, despite the fairly difficult conditions brought about by almost daily rainfall.

Yields
Grolleau: 17 hectoliters/hectare
Cabernet Franc: 28 hectoliters/hectare
Cabernet-Sauvignon: 20 hectoliters/hectare

Maceration
Grolleau: 20 days
Cabernets: 30 days

Pressing
Slow and gentle with a pneumatic press.

Maturing
Grolleau: 50 % in vats and 50 % in French oak casks used 5 times before
Cabernets: 100 % in French oak casks used 5 times before

Blending and bottling
Grolleau: 11th of April 2014.
Cabernet Franc: 10th of April 2014.
Cuvée Violette (40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 60 % Cabernet Franc): 11th of April 2014.

Without filtration or fining.

The estate produced 25,000 bottles out of the 2012 vintage.
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