The 2019 vintage was in many ways reminiscent of 2018 in that it started late and stayed on track for a late harvest. The extremely wet winter of 2019 helped the health of the canopies in the vineyard while ﬁlling our reservoirs with water for the season before, we enjoyed a remarkably long summer all during harvest. Identical in degree growing days, a measure of how warm the season has been, we enjoyed a very pleasant harvest with gorgeous, dark fruit for the reds and forward, pleasing whites.
We’re quite taken with the wines from this vintage. Pinot Noir yields were short and concentrated from our vineyard, while the Chardonnay bounty was more typical in yields. They shall be a bit more generous and earlier drinking than the previous, cooler vintage.
Méthode Béton refers to our technique of fermentation and aging in concrete eggs. Due to extended contact on the lees, the concrete eggs impart a rich, creamy and somewhat hazelnut character to the wine. A sumptuous and richly textured wine, our 2019 Méthode Béton Sauvignon Blanc has lovely aromas of linden, honeysuckle, and lemon verbena with notes of gooseberry and kiwi to complement its bright fruit and floral elements.