2008 is the seventh consecutive year when the winter was dry. It led to an early stop of the growth and the lengthening of the ripening stage. At the beginning of April, the temperatures were negative, which resulted in frost-bitten plants and a late budburst.
On May 28th, a violent hail storm affected southern Margaux and it caused serious crop losses. The rains of early June thwarted the flowering and those of mid-August made the winemakers feel blue. All these climatic events foreshadowed a poor harvest. But fortunately, the late season was dry with alternate hot days and very cool nights. These conditions were to save this vintage thanks to a slow and steady ripening of the grapes. They could then be harvested at an optimal maturity with an excellent concentration of tannins.
The nose has nice aromas of red and black fruits (cherry). The nose is pretty elegant. In mouth, the tannins already start getting supple with roundness and freshness.
A fruity, precise and balanced wine was produced and without austerity. Nature has given this vintage more power and elegance.
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Deep gravels on limestone substrate
55 % cabernet sauvignon, 40 % merlot, 5% de cabernet franc
10 000 plants/ha
Traditional-Integrated wine growing management
Traditional in concrete and wooden vats, whose volumes are proportional to the plots
18 to 24 days
55 % cabernet sauvignon, 40 % merlot, 5 % cabernet franc
In oak barrels during 18 months. 40 % of new oak
55 000 bottles, including the second wine
Les Remparts de Ferrière
5 to 35 years