The chalky soils of the Calcareous Vineyard produce fruit forward wines balanced by firm backbones of tannin and acid. This play between richness and structure is most prominent in the Bordeaux varietals and especially in this blend. 2018 was by all accounts and absolutely perfect vintage. Decent rainfall and consistently mild temperatures back by plenty of sunshine produced ripeness levels that you dream of. Nothing was too stressful for vines or vintner, and the harvest progressed on an ideal timetable. It was almost too easy to make great wine, which is the magic of this vineyard.
Each of these varietals ripen at a different time in the vineyard, thus each is handled separately during harvest, with blending taking place after completion of primary fermentation. This form of treatment also allows for a full sensory evaluation of the young wines before they are deemed acceptable for inclusion in the Lloyd blend. Bordeaux varietals demand an oxygen rich environment for fermentation, thus each lot was open top fermented with twice daily pump overs and délestage performed as necessary to fully realize extraction. After pressing, free-run and press fractions were evaluated for proper balance and were then combined to form a final blend for aging.