We had a very dry and mild winter and spring, and by late summer the vines were in need of water to keep maturations on track. Fortunately, the virtual absence of rain from May to late August was counterbalanced by cooler summer conditions, which attenuated the lack of water.
Fortunately, the virtual absence of rain from May to late August was counterbalanced by cooler summer conditions, which attenuated the lack of water. Before the vintage, we experienced fine conditions including some useful rain in late August, which rehydrated the vines. We were blessed with ideal harvest conditions throughout September with clear sunny days bringing moderate temperatures that contributed to balanced ripening — evident in the excellent balance between the levels of acidity and sugar. Yields were closer to average following the exceptionally small years of 2017 and 2018.
Fine and ripe but restrained nose with a mineral quality seeping through from the fresh blackberry and blueberry fruit. Some cigar box and cocoa powder, too. This is quite firm on the palate with tight tannins, delivered in a fresh but caressing mode. Compared with the riper and flavorful 2020, this has more edges, but shows more layers and finesse, too.
This is the second wine of Bordeaux winemaker Bruno Prats and the Symington family's Chryseia. It has a fine balance that has light tannins contrasting comfortably with black currant fruits.
Suave and refined, this elegant blend caresses the palate with silk and finishes with flavor. It is for those who appreciate a little freshness and understatement more than big fruitiness. It's bright and lively, with mostly ripe tannins on the finish. In its youth, this is lovely and a perfect food wine.