Producer note: Etienne Grivot describes 2015 as having “an early vegetative cycle and in this sense it resembled 2011. The flowering passed very quickly but was troubled because it was already very hot and dry and this ultimately cost us around 20% of the potential crop. The benefit though of the hot and dry weather was that we had almost no disease pressure and allowed the vines to bring the fruit to very high levels of ripeness. We chose to begin picking on the 10th of September and were able to harvest quickly because the fruit was both super clean and uniformly ripe so there was very little to eliminate. We did our normal vinification as there was no reason to do otherwise. What I find interesting is that despite how hot the summer was the wines are much fresher than one might naturally suppose. They are naturally sweet with really lovely energy and perhaps the most surprising of all is how each terroir is perfectly expressed. I really like this vintage and in contrast to some recent vintages, 2015 should drink well young but also prove to be extremely long-lived.” In my view Grivot hit a home run in 2015 but don’t ignore his 2014s, revisited below in bottle, as they too are first-rate. Speaking of 2014, Grivot noted that they were bottled in February and March 2016. (Diageo Château and Estate Wines, www.diageowines.com, Napa, CA; Ballantynes of Cowbridge, www.ballantynes.co.uk, UK, Seckford Wines, www.seckfordwines.co.uk, UK, Flint Wines, www.flintwines.com, UK, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, UK, Fields, Morris & Verdin, www.fmvwines.com, UK, Bibendum Wine Ltd., www.bibendum-wine.co.uk, UK, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, UK, Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, UK, Uncorked Ltd, www.uncorked.co.uk, UK and Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com, UK; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com/hk, Hong Kong).