1978 was the first vintage to benefit both from the consulting of Emile Peynaud and from very careful, precise vinification in barrel. After over twenty years' ageing in bottle, it still has a wonderful freshness, which is reflected in its hardly changed colour. Of course, the aromas have developed and bear the mark of this long ageing in bottle, but it is astonishing to find so much vivacity in a Sauvignon white wine after so many years. To be enjoyed now, of course, but a few bottles could be kept aside without risk, out of sheer curiosity.
The time lost through a particularly cool and wet spring was never made up during the summer, but an exceptional Indian summer enabled sufficiently ripe grapes to be picked in perfectly healthy condition. (The picking began on October 9th)