April and May were warm and rainy, an early encouragement to downy mildew which was halted by the very dry summer. The absence of rain in August and at the beginning of September was very beneficial for the ripening process and the concentration in the grapes.
A few light showers at the beginning of the harvest could not spoil this dream vintage. The picking began on 25th September.
The bottling took place in November 2002.
The grapes had rarely, perhaps never, been as concentrated, particularly the Cabernets. In certain cases we surpassed the already historic levels of the 1986 and 1995 vintages with an elegance and softness on the palate, reminiscent also of the 1990 and 1996 vintages. It seemed, in fact, that 2000 was setting a new benchmark in quality never before attained, at least in terms of style.
Throughout the barrel ageing, these first impressions were gradually confirmed. The wine has now acquired a slightly tighter texture and at the same time keeps such a soft and especially long finish that it seems to go on forever…
Over 2 years of barrel ageing. Such a long ageing is unusual but not as rare as one might think: most of the greatest vintages are aged for that length of time.