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Inelegant wines of moderate quality

Weather Conditions

The weather conditions in 1981 resulted in the production of rather lean wines. There was light frost damage in April but the flowering was successful, despite a lack of sunshine. Early summer was, again, rather cold and wet, although conditions improved in August, which was dry and sunny, and continued through until late September, when heavy rains fell, bringing the harvest to a temporary halt. Whites : The warm conditions from August onwards pushed sugar levels up, and the botrytis was well developed. Overall quality is good, but the wines are stylistically gawky and lack richness and flair.

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