The Burgundy winter had only one very cold period with negative temperatures day and night during a fortnight in February. Some damage caused by ice was noticed. Spring arrived very quickly with the month of March being unusually warm. In these conditions the vines developed very quickly but then slowed down again due to cold and rainy conditions in April and May.

Flowering began at the end of May, the temperatures being, once again, warm for the season.
The last days of August became summery with temperatures reaching their peak in Burgundy. The Chablis area benefited from dry conditions and it was only in mid-September that the rain returned.
At the start of the harvest it was noticed that the bunches were well aerated, due to the millerandage, and well spaced out between them.
The harvest started in our Chablis vineyards on the 24th of September.
The vinifications went smoothly, extraction of colour and tannins happening quickly, our main task being to ensure the right balance and elegance.

Frédéric J. DROUHIN
December 17th 2012

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