While a particularly mild winter favoured early bud burst, the rainy spring made it more difficult for the teams to manage the vineyard. Flowering took place 10 days ahead of schedule, at the end of a rainy month of May. Hot and dry summer conditions caused significant water stress. While veraison got off to a slow start at the end of July, it was very heterogeneous. The harvest was announced quite early, though eventually postponed in order to allow the grapes the time to ripen, as the process was slowed down due to water stress. Despite lower yields, the fruit promised exceptional quality.