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2021: The Year of Intrigue

After two years of disruption by the health crisis, the HMS team was able to resume the primeur tastings at the estate in the presence of a number of clients who had come along for this special occasion.

2021 did not leave the Bordeaux vineyards any respite: hit by major frosts in the spring, the vines then suffered from dull weather in early summer, favouring the development of mildew and delaying the ripening of the grapes. As a result, the harvests were late and varied, especially between the right and left banks.

The meticulous, hard work of the winegrowers in the vineyard and in the cellar finally bore fruit, producing classic, fresh Bordeaux wines with reasonable alcohol levels.

Once again, Bordeaux, thanks to its know-how and technological developments, has shown that it is capable of bringing out the best of its terroir even in difficult circumstances.

Because of the differing levels of ripeness between the various grape varieties, this vintage is more heterogeneous than in 2020, but still holds some wonderful surprises in store, with exceptional dry white wines, rare but remarkable sweet wines and heterogeneous red wines, saved by the pleasant autumn season.

Overall, this is a vintage reminiscent of the typical, historic Bordeaux wines that have contributed to the region’s reputation and prestige.