Vintage 2016: Le Bonheur

Le bonheur 

The 2016 growing season was marked by extremes, records and luck. Torrential rain in winter and spring was followed by tremendously dry, sunny summer and autumn. In June, a wonderful window of opportunity opened up, wide enough to enable flowering to take place quickly and evenly. July and August will be remembered for high temperatures and extreme drought.

Conditions at the height of summer were ideal for ripening. The temperature range set new records. Cool nights locked in fresh fruit aromas and were conducive to the synthesis of anthocyanins. Despite drought conditions, water stress was only moderate. Vines in all plots, including the estate’s great gravel terroirs, took advantage of deep rooting enhanced by working the soil. The vines were thus able to seek nourishment from a water table filled to the brim by spring showers.

Our doubts gradually gave way to joy. The beautiful, warm, sunny weather continued into September and October. Outstanding weather enabled perfectly ripe grapes and a serene harvest. The wines are deeply-coloured, with round tannin and high phenolic content. 2016 is fruity, concentrated, powerful, and elegant. Great years always come in pairs…

Harvest: September 26th – October 18th
Château Haut-Bailly blend: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon – 40% Merlot – 4% Petit Verdot – 3% Cabernet Franc
La Parde Haut-Bailly blend: 47% Cabernet Sauvignon – 47% Merlot – 6% Cabernet Franc