The winter of 1998-99 was on the whole a mild one, albeit with some unsettled periods. Spring was more extreme, with temperatures often above average.
Budburst was early, but was halted by a cold spell in mid-April (though there was no frost).
The end of April and the beginning of May were warm and the vines started growing quickly. May was dominated by stormy weather (a blend of heat and humidity), which encouraged mildew. Fortunately, we were able to treat the vines regularly so that the disease did not have any lasting effect on the harvest. Very early, rapid and homogenous flowering indicated that harvesting would begin in mid-September.
Over the summer, temperatures were generally high and the grapes ripened smoothly.
Harvesting took place between 18 and 26 September. It was a healthy harvest, finishing without any problems. The wines are well balanced and refined, with good structure, purity and mineral character. They should be ready to taste after four or five years, but will improve further with age while retaining their youthful character for quite a few years. They can be compared to the 1979 vintage.
The wines of the 1999 vintage will be ready for dinking, at the earliest:
• from 2002, for the Puligny-Montrachet Village wines,
• from 2003, for the Clavoillon and Les Combettes 1ers crus
• from 2004, for the Folatières 1er cru
• from 2005, for the Pucelles 1er cru
• from 2007, for the grands crus
Aeration will be essential for wines opened shortly before drinking.
- Years 2000
- Years 1990
- Years 1980
- Old vintages