inconsistent vintage where the hillside vineyards of St Emilion performed best
An unexceptional winter was succeeded by a cool, damp spring. The flowering had a good start in a warmish early June, but cool weather followed. The temperatures picked up in early July and carried on through August but, even though the weather was particularly hot, a good deal of rain fell as well. Drier conditions took over in the latter half of August, but temperatures dropped too. A fine September led into a good harvest in early October.
Whites (sweet): The fine warm conditions of late summer led to the development of a crop of particularly fine botrytis-affected grapes.
Excessive heat and humidity caused problems of over-ripening and rot. A good, but inconsistent vintage where the hillside vineyards of St Emilion performed best.
(Pomerol) Certan de May, l’Evangile, Lafleur, Petrus. (St Emilion) l’Arrosee, Ausone, Belair, Clos Fourtet and Pavie.