With 1998, we started an outstanding run of vintages for Pavillon Blanc. Was it because of the age of the vines which had now reached twenty five years? Our low yields? Or the very precise care we take during the harvesting when we sort through each plot two or three times? In 1998, the Sauvignon grapes were lucky enough to be picked 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 great vintage for Pavillon Blanc; it possesses all the qualities of well-ripened Sauvignon: a nose which is more floral than vegetal, and on the palate, a fat, fleshy but also fresh impression. Although it is not completely open yet, we can start serving it as it is already displaying a nice aromatic complexity.
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)