Despite the dry winter, vines in the south of France benefitted from some rainfall during the spring and summer, which made for a balanced vegetative cycle. Summer temperatures were lower than the seasonal average, which slowed the maturing cycle and resulted in later harvests, producing more subtle and more complex grapes. On the 8th September, a full moon phase and plenty of sunshine brought three weeks of beautiful fine weather. And like everyone else, we were therefore pleasantly surprised by the splendid month of September, which made up for any delay in maturity. On Monday 22nd September, Syrah and Carignan grapes in our earliest plots were harvested, as well as a first quality of Grenache Noir grapes (grown on the plots in Maury we acquired during the summer).