Mild and dry weather set in from the very start of 2022. Abundant sunshine prevailed throughout the vine growth cycle, accompanied by several heatwaves.
There was little precipitation from spring until the end of harvest, though April showers and a spell of heavy rain in June regenerated water reserves in the soil. The vines were able to take advantage of their deep roots to regulate their water supply and showed a great capacity to adapt to the exceptional weather patterns of the vintage.
In these hot and dry conditions, flowering took place 10 days earlier than the average: though rapid, it was perfectly even. The advance on the growth cycle continued until harvest as the grapes ripened steadily in ideal conditions. Picking started at the beginning of September and continued until the end of the month, with a crop in perfect health.
Although the hot weather meant that the grapes were rather small, they offered a degree of concentration and balance rarely encountered. That quality was confirmed on tasting as the wines revealed incredible richness without losing any of their supreme elegance or the intense expression of their native terroir.
Radiant, Pastourelle de Clerc Milon 2022 releases a beautifully aromatic bouquet on wild bilberry and liquorice notes.
Precision, freshness and opulence play off each other, building a delightful harmony underpinned by elegant, refined tannins.
The impression of balance, heightened by notes of black fruit and pepper, lingers long.