For the second consecutive year, winter and spring were very dry. Bud break occurred a bit late. However, bloom happened under ideal conditions in the first week of June, resulting in a very even set and
moderate crop size. As the fruit matured, the weather was ideal for flavor development with only a couple of spikes of overly hot weather. The diligence of the vineyard staff kept the fruit in near perfect condition. Hand thinning trimmed the crop, reduced yields, and helped to ensure optimal ripeness. As rain approached, harvest was very intense and was completed just in time between October 6th and 14th. Grown on the slopes of Mt. St. Helena in Knights Valley, the distinctive aromas and flavors of our proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot clearly display their hillside origins. Rocky, rhyolitic soils created through volcanic activity millennia ago, contribute a mineral richness and add to the wine’s complexity. Spanning 49 acres, Les Pavots ascends to an elevation of nearly 1,400 feet. Merlot and Cabernet Franc grow on the cool upper slopes and Cabernet Sauvignon grows just below.
Deep ruby red with a crimson hue, 2009 Les Pavots reveals a profound, layered bouquet of coffee, cocoa bean, black currant, strawberry, cigar box, black and red cherry, plum liqueur combined with vanilla, blueberry, subtle notes of cedar, pepper and its signature ‘garrigue’ touch. The complexity and intense character continue into the finish with a refined mouthfeel, lasting impressions of fruits, spices,
truffles and tobacco on the palate and round silky tannins. 2009 Les Pavots will benefit from two years of cellaring for near term enjoyment and will age gracefully for two decades.
Harvested: October 6 – October 14, 2009
Blend: 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc,
10% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot
Aged 17 months in 100% French oak barrels from artisan coopers
Bottled unfined and unfiltered May 18, 2011
Release: April 1, 2012