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Some outstanding wines in both appellations

Weather Conditions

April and May were cool and wet, but the vines were not damaged. The weather improved towards the end of May, and the trend continued through June and into July. August saw a week or so of cool weather, but temperatures picked up again in September, carrying on into October.

Best Appellations

These show the same sort of highs and lows that characterise this vintage, with some outstanding wines in both appellations.

Best Producers

Pomerol: Petrus must beat Palmer as the outstanding wine. It has great power and richness, with extraordinary ripe concentration. La Conseillante has lovely chocolatey richness; La Fleur Petrus is much more forward but delightful.

Saint-Emilion: A lovely Cheval Blanc if not quite in the Petrus class. Magdelaine is fine if still compact and less fleshy. But many wines lack the attractions of the 71s, and are more dry and austere.