The unwelcome storm of September 23rd caused problems of dilution
Winter was harsh, although the frosts were not as sharp as the previous year. Growth was slowed by a cool, damp spring, but the vegetation caught up as a result of the fine weather in late spring/early summer. Flowering took place in exemplary conditions, and conditions continued hot and dry until the middle of September, when heavy rains fell, particularly on the 23rd, when some 10cm of Precipitation fell during the course of one day. Temperatures picked up for the October harvest.
Whites (sweet): The damp conditions at the end of September were ideal for the formation of botrytis.
The unwelcome storm of September 23rd caused problems of dilution. Those properties which delayed picking end up by making the most concentrated and flavoursome wines.
(Pomerol) Lafleur, Le Pin and Vieux-Chateau-Certan waited to pick , thereby producing more intense, complex wines. (St Emilion) l’Arrosee, Canon, Cheval Blanc, Figeac, Pavie.