Weather Conditions Frost and hail marred the growing season, and uneven ripening caused further problems. After a wet June, the summer was dry until the end of August, when heavy…

Burgundy vineyard, vineyard soils

Weather Conditions Flowering was early if somewhat uneven. June and July were unsettled, and August was hot and stormy. Rain in early September provoked a little rot, but nothing that…

Mosel Valley

Weather Conditions Late frost in April, difficult rainy conditions at the time of the flowering in June and localised hailstorms all caused problems. However, great heat in August and a…

1997 vintage guide for Red Rhone 1997. Acidity was low and even Chateauneuf may not have produced wines for long ageing. Wines are soft, oozing pleasure, jam flavours.

Chile - South America

1997 vintage guide for Red South America. Chile just has the edge over Argentina in terms of quality, though the wines may well be ready to drink sooner.

Weather Conditions Flowering was early if somewhat uneven. June and July were unsettled, and August was hot and stormy. Rain in early September provoked a little rot, but nothing that…

Bordeaux Sauternes vineyards

Weather Conditions Very warm spring, but some frost in October reduced the crop. Hot humid August, but September was dry, and picking began around 11 September. The first pickings were…

Médoc and Graves

Weather Conditions The winter was mild, but May was unstable, leading to uneven flowering, especially for Merlot. There was more rain in the early summer, and tropical conditions in August.…

1997 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions An uneven year in that an abnormally warm, dry spring led to an early burst of growth and then gave way to cool, wet weather in June and…

Weather Conditions After several short vintages, the ’97 crop was extremely large and took the pressure off the supply demand ratio. With budbreak occurring a month early, the vineyards went…

Weather Conditions After several short vintages, the ’97 crop was extremely large and took the pressure off the supply demand ratio. With budbreak occurring a month early, the vineyards went…

Piedmont vineyards

1996 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont. A troublesome vintage, though the top growers still managed to produce some excellent wines.

Weather Conditions A dry summer with long bursts of sunshine produced a very high quality harvest of slightly above average size. Best Appellations See producer Best Producers As in Burgundy…

Vintage guide for Red Rhone 1996. Leathery, mineral wines, some lack proper flesh. Good aromas. Difficult ripening the problem. The wines are sound but may not be long-lived.

Weather Conditions After an odd warm winter with more than normal rainfall, a pleasant spring led to early budbreak. But the cool weather encountered intermittent rain showers in May during…

Weather Conditions Very warm weather in June led to a swift flowering. The summer was unsettled and August was relatively cool, but late August and all September was sunny and…

Weather Conditions Very warm weather in June led to a swift flowering. The summer was unsettled and August was relatively cool, but late August and all September was sunny and…