During the whole of the summer, the weather conditions were hot and dry but never extreme. The Sauvignon grapes therefore ripened perfectly, without reaching, however, either the exceptional concentration or ripeness of the 1999 and 2001 vintages. We are not sure of the reason for these differences; in fact the climatic factors, on which the ripening process depends, remain to be completely understood. Almost 10 years after its bottling, the 2000 Pavillon Blanc has developed real complexity and depth. It is delicious to drink now.
April and May were warm and rainy, an early encouragement to downy mildew which was halted by the very dry summer. The absence of rain in August and at the beginning of September was very beneficial for the ripening process and the concentration in the grapes. A few light showers at the beginning of the harvest could not spoil this dream vintage. (The picking began on 25th September)