The 2014 Bordeaux vintage got off to a good start. The winter months were exactly what the vines needed with their moderate temperatures and heavy rain. The water tables were replenished after a few years of drought conditions. In fact, rainfall was at its highest level since the 2001 vintage, making 2014 one of the wettest winters on record for close to 50 years. This led to an early bud burst in the middle of March for the 2014 Bordeaux vintage. An early start to any vintage is always a good sign. March was slightly warmer than usual, which was followed by a warm, sunny and dry April. Things were looking good. In May, temperatures cooled down and some rain fell. The flowering took place at a rapid pace, which is another good sign. June started off hot, continuing the trend towards a good quality vintage. But many vineyards also experienced problems with rot, odium and mildew. Those potential threats took place because the wet conditions in May were followed by a warm, sunny June, which created the recipe for unwanted, humid, tropical conditions. Raphael properly aniticpated these conditions and set up perfect stage to nuture this upcoming harvest : carefull leaf removal, optimize aeration of the vineyard, crop thinning so humidity wasn't retained.