A very good year for Chablis, although the wines have tended to be overshadowed by the stunning 1996s. The weather was exceptionally cold in April, with temperatures dropping below zero for 14 nights in a row. The weather warmed up in May and early June before cold weather returned and summer did not really get going until mid-July. It was very hot and dry in August and the heavy rains that fell on 1st September were welcomed by growers as it brought welcome respite to their heat-stressed grapes. The remainder of September was hot and harvesting began on the 22nd.
The wines are aromatically rich and soft and marvellously pure on the palate. Drinking well now but should keep for another 5 years or so.