Allen Meadows writes: "The young Louis-Michel Liger-Belair, who has added two new and important wines for 2002, calls the vintage 'a real surprise. We had rot everywhere at the beginning of September and I was beginning to think that we were going to have another 1994 on our hands. Thankfully, there wasn't a lot of it but the initial signs were widespread. And then the famous north wind blew and completely changed the vintage as it stopped the rot, preserved the acidity and concentrated everything. In fact, it drastically concentrated the crop as it reduced yields to between 32 and 36 hl/ha but because the acidity was preserved, the grapes were beautifully balanced. Sugars were quite high and we chaptalized only .2%, which was really just to prolong the fermentations then it was to add alcohol. The vintage reminds me a lot of 2000 in that it's already agreeable. The malos were done early, in fact by December but since I don't rack after they're done, I don't really care whether they finish early or late. I have to watch my SO2 levels if they finish early but I try very hard to add none at all.'"
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