2017 Fleur de Solene
With nearly 50 inches of rain, we thought the 2017 vintage was going to be more European style. After a great growing season, the temperature reached high records around the first week of September for about 10 days. After a lot of work and care at the picking, it ended up being a superb balanced vintage. I will describe it like the 2008 or 2009, more delicate and fruit forward, a vintage ready to drink sooner. Separated by vineyards in different size vessels, we blended it after 14 months and bottled after 16. It has 30% new oak and offers some notes of black fruits. It is well balanced with great refined tannins. This wine is easy to drink now even though it can age for 10 years.