TAGS:

drink soon

This was a vintage for enjoying rather than keeping

Weather Conditions

The vines suffered heavy frost damage in winter, and spring was stormy and wet. May and early June saw violent hailstorms, but this was followed by a period of good weather during the crucial flowering period. July saw hot

temperatures alternate with periods of rainfall, while August was somewhat cooler and drier. September was one of the hottest and driest on record, promoting good ripening, and late September onwards through October saw good conditions for the harvest.

Whites (sweet): The very weather conditions that promoted a fine vintage of red wines had a deleterious effect on the Sauternes crop, the lack of rain, in particular, preventing the development of botrytis.

Best Appellations

This was a vintage for enjoying rather than keeping. The Merlot crop came in in excellent condition but a number of properties, particularly in St Emilion, picked Cabernet too soon.

Best Producers

(Pomerol) Certan de May, La Conseillante, l’Eglise Clinet, l’Evangile and Petrus all produced seductive wines of great charm. (St Emilion) Canon, Cheval Blanc, Tertre-Roteboeuf.