The Janus effect of the 2016 vintage will remain in our memories for a long time. A winter where the temperatures remained cold and the rain never stopped; followed by a summer where it was hot, sunny and dry from July until November. The same amount of rain fell during the first six months of 2016 (500 mm) as for the entire year of 2015. By contrast, not one drop of rain fell from the middle of the June until the 14th of August; two months of drought which challenged the vines that are younger than 15 year old. The lack of rained continued, relived only by 20 mm falling at the beginning of September, which gave the vines a welcome drink and then nothing more until the middle of October. If the young vines suffered, the old vines benefitted from the slower growth, producing wines that were remarkably dark in colour, tannic and naturally concentrated but well balanced.
After a passage through the vines around the 8th to the 12th August to tidy up the canopy and do some careful leaf stripping, the harvest began on the 4th of October and all the parcels were picked over the next four days. This is the first time in Le Pin’s history that the harvest has not begun until October.