Decanter's vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac 1961.

Drink soon

A small crop of well-concentrated wines

Weather Conditions

Despite a frosty spring, vegetation was advanced, but as the months progressed cold conditions reduced the flowering and rain washed away the pollen, reducing the potential crop. At the end of July persistent rain fell, and drought conditions prevailed in August, which was followed by a warm, sunny September.This pattern effectively ‘pruned’ the crop, then ripened the remaining fruit thoroughly. The harvest began at the end of September.

Best Appellations

Sauternes: tend to lack balance

Best Producers

Yquem, Climens, and Coutet are the best of the bunch.