A state of pure equilibrium
The winter was notable for its very low rainfall - the driest recorded since 1953 (when the weather station was built). The risk of drought was already worrying the winegrowers, especially given the often-strong mistral.
Flowering lasted a little longer than usual. The summer temperatures and sunshine allowed for good ripening and the grapes were in perfect health. The absence of any heat waves provided maximum aromas and freshness. The alternation of hot days and cool nights led to concentrated grapes with very firm skins. The weakness of the harvest further accentuated the grape concentration. The early harvest and winemaking went smoothly.
These very colourful red wines gave off aromas of red and black fruits (blackcurrant, blackberries), rose and pepper. They combined balance, density and finesse, and they were complex, rich and elegant at the same time.
Did you know?
In August 2005, the moon got closer to the earth (357,418 km instead of 384,400 km on average).
When the moon is closest to the earth, it is said to be at its "perigee". The opposite of this is called its "apogee" (406 808 km).
This event is important if you understand the influence of the moon on the tides, the size of trees, the quality of seedlings, the vegetative cycle of the vine and certain animals’ egg-laying cycle.