1998 at Domaine de Marcoux
The year began with a winter that you could describe as “normal”.
January and February were nice and sunny, and March was dominated by sunshine and the Mistral: a fortnight of uninterrupted wind around 90 km/h. April was chillier, with a slight frost in the mornings, and a few fledgling vines paid the price.
Sun and Mistral dominated June, causing us some trouble applying our biodynamic preparations – we had to find slots between all the gusts!
Véraison (changing of grape colour) began very early, around 15 July instead of early August.
There was a shortage of rain and the vines were thirsty; but despite a few yellowed leaves, they showed good resistance.
The rain finally arrived in September but had no impact on the quality of the crop or on harvest operations.