1982 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions A very dry year in the north, with heat spikes, and an early harvest. High temperatures in September caused problems such as high volatile acidity at wineries not…

Weather Conditions After a long cold winter, the budding was late but warm summer weather followed and the flowering in early June could not have been better. As in Bordeaux,…

red burgundy

Weather Conditions Ideal conditions in spring saw an early and abundant flowering. Summer was dry and warm through until August, which saw some rainfall. Ripening took place in September in…

1982 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions After a dry winter and warm spring June and July were abnormally cool with high cloud and hazy conditions with some showers. Consequently the vines were well able…

1982 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions Spring was mild and dry, with little frost. An early flowering took place under perfect conditions. The start of summer saw a good deal of fine, sunny weather.…

red burgundy

Weather Conditions Ideal conditions in spring saw an early and abundant flowering. Summer was dry and warm through until August, which saw some rainfall. Ripening took place in September in…

1982 vintage guide for Saint-Emilion and Pomerol

Weather Conditions Spring was mild and dry, with little frost. An early flowering took place under perfect conditions. The start of summer saw a good deal of fine, sunny weather.…

Weather Conditions A warm spring encouraged early budding, only to be hit by sharp frosts like those in 1991, which greatly reduced the potential yield. A good summer allowed the…

1981 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

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…

Meursault Burgundy - red burgundy

Weather Conditions A warmish spring promoted flourishing growth and budding, but severe frosts late in the seasons threatened the crop. Luckily most of the grand and premier cru vineyards escaped…

1981 vintage guide for Saint-Emilion and Pomerol

Weather Conditions The weather conditions in 1981 resulted in the production of rather lean wines. Spring was unremarkable, but the flowering was successful, despite a lack of sunshine. Early summer…

Chimney Rock Napa Valley Quiz

Weather Conditions An early harvest was in full swing in mid-August after an intense heatwave which also reduced the crop in Napa and Sonoma. Napa’s Calistoga hit 111 F. In…

1981 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions Best Appellations Best Producers This was a ‘nearly’ year when quite a few major producers made excellent wines, most notably Faustino, Luís Cañas, Salceda, Montecillo, Olarra, Lopez-Heredia and…

Weather Conditions Heavy frosts reduced the potential crop of Chablis by as much as a third. A warmish spring promoted flourishing growth and budding, but severe frosts late in the…

1981 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions The weather conditions in 1981 resulted in the production of rather lean wines. Spring was unremarkable, but the flowering was successful, despite a lack of sunshine. Early summer…

1981 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions In the north a warm spring was followed by cool damp weather, but the summer and the early autumn were fine, until the harvest was interrupted by heavy…

1980 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions The spring was cold and wet in both north and south, resulting in a delayed flowering. The weather warmed up in the north from mid-July, and there was…

1980 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions A cool spring followed an unexceptional winter, and the conditions did not promote a good flowering. The weather did not improve much as spring turned to summer, and…

Mosel Valley

Weather Conditions A miserable year for the Riesling! The cold winter delayed the budding; the flowering was late and spoiled; it rained continuously from the end of July to the…

red burgundy

Weather Conditions A cold, damp spring retarded the growth of the vines in the early part of the year, and flowering was patchy and prolonged. June was cold and rainy,…

1980 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions An unusually early spring was followed by an extremely dry growing season and sugar readings were on the low side when picking began (a week or so later…

1980 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions An uneven growing season, with a poor spring, a cold damp July, and then hot weather in August. September was cool and wet, but then conditions improved in…