The warm, humid weather in August greatly favoured the onset of rot, in particular, acid rot, which was previously practically unknown in the Bordeaux vineyard. Fortunately the hot and very dry month of September put a halt to this worrying development and enabled us to harvest well-ripened grapes in excellent conditions.
The 1997 Pavillon Blanc shows an excellent balance between freshness and smoothness. The very ripe aromas of the Sauvignon and the elegance found in great vintages are in clear evidence. Only concentration is lacking when compared with the 1996. It can be enjoyed as of now and in the years to come.
After a particularly dry and warm start to the year and an early but long, drawn-out flowering, July was dry and hot and August was rainy and very hot, resulting in the threat of disease in the vines. Fortunately, at the beginning of September, hot and very dry weather set in until the end of the harvest. (The picking began on 15th September)