In 2002 it was even relatively dry and cool compared with the decade’s average. March remained cool and April saw limited frosts; the vegetal development of the vine started late and flowering was steady between June 10th and 20th. With a warm and dry July the vine developed healthily but was threatened by hydric stress. This risk soon vanished thanks to heavy and frequent rains through August. This sudden rainfall reinvigorated the grape’s growth and maturity, and their development continued through September with a magnificent and warm Indian summer. This perfect end to the season sealed the destiny of the vintage, with the healthy grapes just needing to ripen. Harvests started on September 27th for Chardonnays and lasted three weeks.