A mild and very wet winter led to an early and even budbreak. The wet weather lasted all the way through Spring accompanied by some very cool temperatures. Spring’s climatic conditions created a very favourable environment for the development of mildew between mid-May and mid-June. Fortunately, the very hot temperatures in July and the absence of any rain in July and August stopped this from happening and helped heal the wounds on the vine. Miraculously, full flowering took place between the 7th and the 11th of June which was a 5-day period of lovely weather and relatively hot temperatures. These conditions encouraged a quick and uniform flowering followed by a good return of fruit.
The midpoint of the colour change of the berries happened around the 10th of August, with excellent uniformity across all the grape varieties. Harvesting started 8 days late. Light showers at the beginning of September and a lovely Indian summer during the picking meant that all the grape varieties achieved perfect ripeness and a healthy condition placing the 2016 vintage among the great vintages.
Period of harvest
From September 6th to 20th, 2016
60% Sauvignon Blanc
« The Lagrave-Martillac 2016 is a pale-yellow colour with green highlights. An intense, fresh nose, typical of Sauvignon: blackcurrant buds, citrus and white peach. The mouth is juicy, fresh and pleasing. A long finish, marked by its freshness. »
Between 10°C / 50°F and 12°C / 53°F.