A cold winter finishing with an even colder month of March, explains a late bud break, and also helped to avoid the Spring frosts. This late start was quickly offset by very mild temperatures from the 10th of April. The early and clustered flowering began at the end of May, the weather conditions in June allowed an even and rapid flowering with a good return of fruit at nouaison. (fruit set).
The months of June and July were particularly hot and dry between the periods of nouaison and the véraison. (change of colour). A water shortage led to the creation of small berries, a stop to early growth, a thickening of the skins and low levels of malic acid. The rainy period at the beginning of August was beneficial in producing a speedy ripening; we recorded 31 days between the mid-véraison and the harvest compared to an average of 45 days. The ripening conditions were cool and rather showery which produced really good aromatic white and red wines. The harvesting started early and spread out.
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.