A very fine vintage; the best are sensational
Very early flowering, and a summer marked by heat spikes and occasional downpours. Storms in August provoked early botrytis, and the weather remained very warm in September and October. The harvest took place between 11 September and 16 October, although many estates such as Guiraud picked in ten days. Some estates found they had grapes with excessive maturity, leading to problems during fermentation, but by and large quality was sensational. Some wines lack the rich botrytis character of 1989 and some are too alcoholic, but the best wines are magnificent.