Where should we expect to find Nicolas Audebert in this time of obligatory retrenchment? Within the walls of the region's most famous medieval city? On Porquerolles, the little island so dear to his heart, which is where the Chanel group has just purchased Domaine de l'Île? Nothing of the kind. Nicolas, who prefers the simple pleasures of family life in the Landes forest, tells us that he has spent the whole of this vintage moving from one end of the Garonne to the other.
On all his properties, Audebert continues to ensure that viticultural practices are ecological, sustainable and kind to the environment. On the Right Bank, everything continued as it should, with nothing to engender the feelings of anxiety that winemakers know so well. It must be said that Canon's remarkable homogeneity worked to the blend's advantage: "There wasn't a single grape pip that didn't go into the Canon. This 2019 really is exceptional." It is the terroir, 80% limestone and 20% clay, that gives the wine its "ethereal character".
The restructuring of Berliquet continues apace with the redesign of the vineyards. This terroir, equal parts limestone and clay, produces an "earthy" wine.