The winter was mild and (very) wet*, followed by a fresh and rainy summer, which stretched into mid-June. Nevertheless, flowering took place in the first few days of June, during a period of beautiful, dry weather.
From the end of June, summer really took hold and a long period of drought began. The months of July and August were very hot and extremely dry. Not a drop of rain fell between the beginning of July and the 13th September.
These restrictive conditions, associated with some extremes of temperature (cold nights, hot days), contributed to the exceptional potential for polyphenol extraction and to the good overall balance of the grapes.
Finally, after almost 2 months of drought, close on 40mm of rainfall brought relief to vegetative growth on 13th September. This allowed the perfection in maturity of the parcels suffering from excessive water stress.
The harvest began in fine weather at CLINET on 22nd September with the property’s traditional parcel.
One of the particularities of the 2016 vintage at CLINET was to harvest in several passes or selections within the same parcels of vines. This very precise work will prove particularly effective in separating the vines with different maturities.
The 2016 vintage is notable for the sanitary quality of its grapes, the light weight of its buds (between 1.2 and 1.5g/bud) and le number of buds per bunch (around 20% higher than the average observed in previous years).
This last point is a result of the excellent conditions during flowering and fruit set, followed by water stress during the summer.
The harvest continued during the week of the 26th to 30th September, serenely and in pleasant weather conditions, then finished on Monday 3rd October with the picking of the Cabernets (Franc and Sauvignon).
Big smiles stretched across the faces of the CLINET winegrowers at the culmination of the harvest of 2016. The crop yielded grapes of exceptional beauty and flavour. Moreover, they were reasonably abundant.
Amongst the peculiarities of these grapes, we might note their small size, their beautiful dark colour, their good flesh, their sugariness, their creaminess and the quality of their pips whose taste blends marvellously into the ensemble.
During these early days of maceration, we are observing an extraction which is rich (in tannins) and full of polyphenol (colour), in keeping with the perceived analyses conducted on the grape skins.
The first tastings underline our enthusiasm for the quality of this vintage.
Ronan LABORDE – 4th October 2016
* 500mm of precipitation between 1st January and 15th March 2016, compared with an average over the last 15 years of 177mm for the same period
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