Lean wines with high acidity
The mild conditions of winter and early spring were followed by fine weather in late spring, producing a food flowering. Most of summer was cool and dry, although July saw some rains. August was mostly dry, but the sun failed to shine. This was compensated for by a return to hot, sunny weather in September. Despite intermittent rain just before the harvest, the crop
survived intact, with no rot. Early October saw the start of the harvest take place in perfect conditions. Red wines did far better under the prevailing conditions that whites.
Sauternes: Yquem is rich and impressive but without the style of ’67, which overshadowed ’66 here and throughout the appellation.