The weather in 1957 was satisfactory. However, the vines had not fully recovered from the frost of 1956 and were propagated with layering.   Wine quality was honourable, especially considering the challenging effect of the previous year's frost.

1957 WEATHER CONDITIONS

TEMPERATURES AND RAINFALL

April was dry and mild, while May was somewhat cooler. Summer temperatures were close to seasonal averages. June and July were rainy. The beginning of ripening took place during dry weather that lasted until September, with just about average rainfall.

WATER BALANCE

As the water balance shows, the drought conditions in August brought about a slight water stress - a major factor in producing quality grapes.

FEATURES OF THE VINTAGE

HARVEST AND YIELD

The harvest started on the 3rd of October. Yields were a miserable 8 hectolitres per hectare due to the effect of the 1956 frost.
Degree of alcohol: 12°.

  Begin End
1957 harvest dates October, 3rd October, 11th
Average harvest dates: 1946-2014 September, 24th October, 8th

 

1957 yield    (hl/ha) Average yield: 1946 to 2014
8.4 33.9

 

TASTING NOTES

10th July 2015

On this bottle, aromas of plants and cooked vegetables appear at the opening. The evolution is sensible and volatile acidity quite high. After aeration, the aromatic range shifts towards prune and fruit brandy.
The mouth reveals a certain lack of structure and a relatively high acidity.

15th April 2010

One year after the terrible frost of 1956, this "vintage of convalescence" is creditable despite the difficult circumstances and tiny crop.

The bouquet has a delicious whiff of cinnamon. The wine is rich and tannic on the palate, but is also very soft. It has a beautiful long blackcurrant aftertaste with a salty touch.