In 1998, we were fortunate to harvest the Sauvignon grapes before the heavy rain at the end of September and beginning of October. They had therefore taken full advantage of the exceptional weather conditions in August.
1998 is therefore a very good vintage of Pavillon Blanc, but it is evolving quite quickly. Drink now (October 2018)
The dates for bud-break, flowering and colour change in the grapes correspond exactly to the averages. What distinguishes this growing season is the exceptional heat and drought during the month of August : the grapes acquired an excellent level of concentration early on. The heavy rain at the end of September came too late to cause significant dilution. (The picking began on 24th September)