The 2018 vintage is, without a doubt, an unusual vintage, characterised by a strong contrast between a late and cool winter and the driest summer on record since 1945. This vintage shows high natural sugar levels and great aromatic richness, reminiscent of the 2009 and 2015 vintages. The Sauvignon is at its best, mouthwatering and with an extraordinary aromatic character.
The low temperatures at the beginning of the winter lengthened the dormancy period. The high rainfall (around 600mm) at the end of the winter and in early spring raised the water table, which proved beneficial later on in the season. During the early budburst, mild and cool temperatures alternated, leading to flowering in early June in very good, dry conditions. We could already foresee an early harvest at that stage.
The weather radically changed in mid June and the summer, with bright sunshine and higher than average temperatures for the season, settled in until the harvest. The vine flourished thanks to the high reserves of water accumulated during the winter.
Once again we were the first to start harvesting, on 3rd September. As is now customary at Château de Tracy, we went through the rows of vines 5 times to ensure that all the grapes were picked at optimum maturity.
The exceptionally sunny September enabled us to organise our harvesting programme as we wished, doing most of the picking early in the morning in cooler temperatures.
Apparence : Pale yellow with bright green-tinged highlights
Nose: Very intense. At first, fresh notes of blackcurrants, boxwood, peppermint and tarragon dominate.
The nose then evolves towards fruitier notes of lemon followed by exotic fruit such as mango and passionfruit.
Aromas of kiwi fruit are also revealed on a mineral and spicy background (coriander and green pepper)
Palate: First impressions are full-bodied and supple with appetising notes of blackcurrant.
The acidity then progressively rises, echoing the ripe, lemony flavours found on the nose.
Flavours of exotic fruit and mango coulis bring it softness. The finish is long and structured and reveals notes of lime and grapefruit peel.
Was amazing! All of the wines. Thank you again for everything and for your help in making our trip so memorable 🙂
Danielle Rosen, Hen Party Organiser
All the 600+ bottles of wine you generously donated to StreetLife have now been “sold” and all moneies received via donations. As a result you have helped us raise €915.00 for our Animal Sterilisation Programme – we are overwhelmed by the response.
Graeme & Linda, StreetLife
Empresa 5 estrelas, excelentes profissionais, educados e muito criativos. Obrigada a Sara e ao André pelo profissionalismo de hoje e de sempre!
Carolina Lã Azedo
Really great service and an excellent range of wines from different countries. Try the Prime experience, you will not be disappointed.
Amazing variety of wines from all over the place. Bill and his wife are top notch. Stop by and see them!
Dear Bill, Thanks for supporting ACCAKIDS. Your auction prizes really contribute to our bottom line at fundraising events. Wishing you continued success on behalf of ACCAKIDS.
Wanda Crawford, ACCAKIDS
On behalf of AFPOP EA thank you for a great wine tasting. Some interesting wines and ports… some of the ports surprised me as I’m not necessarily a port drinker. Rita was excellent… very easy to listen to and the wines were very easy to drink! Your team were fabulous… nibbles great… overall a successful wine tasting event. Once again, thank you and I’m sure we will see you again soon.
Linda, Eastern Algarve Events Organiser
Hi Bill, Just a short note to say that with your support, we raised over €100,000 for 4 charities last Wednesday.
Thank you for you generosity , we appreciate it.