After a cold and rainy winter, 2013’s wet spring led to pressure from fungal diseases, particularly at the blossom period. Lower-than-average temperatures in August further slowed the already delayed growth of our vines. Those challenging conditions made biodynamic preparations such as 501 (photosynthesis enhancer) very useful. Perfect conditions in September, which gave sunny and dry days matched with unusually cold nights helped to find the balance in the vineyard. The long and slow ripening allowed keeping nice acidity levels and let our grapes reach a great tannin maturation without excessive sugar levels.