A very late vintage produced some truly classic wines
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. Botrytis was slow to develop, so patience was essential, and top estates were still picking in mid-November. However, some growers, mindful of the conditions in 1982, were tempted to pick too early. The fine warm conditions of late summer led to the development of a crop of particularly fine botrytis-affected grapes.