The winter of 2006 was mild. A mild and rainy spring hastened the rebirth of plant life.
The early and sudden budbreak (initiation of growth from the bud) happened in the very first days of an unusually hot and sunny month of April.
Keeping this advance, flowering began in the second ten days of May, in spite of a noticeable decrease in temperature. It ended at the beginning of June with a little humid weather.
The setting (transformation of flowers into fruit) occurred under the same conditions and the advance taken at burgeoning was therefore maintained.
Summer arrived with a background of unstable weather. The temperatures, lower than normal, avoided too significant a development of mildew.
After 15th August, maturation occurred normally. 2007 will remain an atypical year during which quality was achieved by a very hot April and finalised by a very sunny end to August. A hailstorm hit Gevrey on 9th July 2007.
This year is one when we have had to be extremely rigorous during grape picking, which started at the Domain on 1st September. A substantial selection was made for grapes damaged by hail or having contracted botrytis.
The first must was found to be balanced for sugar and acidity. We were exacting in the winemaking process; we checked temperatures and measured slowly.
The first wines we have tasted are soft, with a nice texture. They will allow the 2005 and 2006 wines to be left to age in the cellars.