The cold, wet winter was followed by a historically warm, dry spring (with 56 mm of rain in May and June).
After a uniform bud break, flowering was fast and homogeneous in late May-early June. July was exceptionally dry (32 mm), creating early water stress by mid-July.
However, thanks to our vines’ deep roots, developed with the help of the regular ploughing that has been carried out at Malartic for several years, the stress was contained. Some welcome rain (25 mm on 3 August) contributed to a perfect start to the ripening phase in August. The grapes, which had been relatively small, gained in both size and aromatic concentration.
The humidity in August thus gave the vineyard a second wind, and enabled an auspicious start for the white grapes with leaf removal on both sides in mid-August. The vines remained in an excellent state of health, displaying freshness and ripeness. The Sauvignon harvest began on 2 September and the Sémillon on 15th, in perfect conditions. The plots were uniform, with superb grapes.
There was a magnificent period of Indian summer weather, with September and October remaining fine and sunny. A few spells of rain in early September and mid-October did not harm the grapes’ excellent state of health and the steady progression in their degrees of ripeness. The harvest of the red grapes started on 21 September with a plot of young Merlot, but most of them was picked between 29/09 and 7/10. The Cabernet followed from 12 October in radiant sunshine. At the end of the harvests, on 16 October, we can say that 2015 is shaping up to be a great vintage for Malartic.
Uniformity and perfect health are the vintage’s key characteristics. This result is a truly sublime expression of Malartic’s mosaic of terroirs. Each plot has been able to reveal its full personality, offering an aromatic palette that suggests a blend of exceptional complexity and quality.