The spring got off to an early start, which proved to be the demise of many throughout the Loire when hard frosts hit the region, with some areas being hit more severely than others. Vignerons saw anywhere from 20 to 60% loss depending on the site and variety. Despite the low yields, quality was very good. The growing season was warm and harvest began two weeks earlier than normal. Wines are concentrated but balanced by elegant acidities and smooth tannins. The gamays of this vintage show beautiful concentration of pigment, with a density and depth in the glass dominated by black fruits.