Sauternes and Barsac

Sauternes and Barsac

Bordeaux Sauternes vineyards

2008 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions 2008 was particularly challenging in Sauternes where the hard frost of 6-7 April combined with mildew-inducing rain, hail and constantly changing weather for much of the season reduced…

Bordeaux Sauternes vineyards

2007 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions Out of the whole of Bordeaux, only Sauternes made indisputably great wines in 2007. The region laboured under the same weather problems that beset the rest of Bordeaux…

Bordeaux Sauternes vineyards

2006 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions A year of great opportunities but also great challenges. There was very ripe fruit thanks to the heat of July and early September and very fresh fruit from…

Bordeaux Sauternes vineyards

2005 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions As with the rest of Bordeaux, the drought was the outstanding feature of the summer. 2005 was the second driest year since 1897 and between June and October,…

Bordeaux Sauternes vineyards

2004 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions The weather returned to a more typical pattern after the excesses of 2003. The harvest was nearly a month later but more in keeping with the norm. A…

Bordeaux Sauternes vineyards

2003 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions Already well concentrated by the summer heat and drought, light rainfall between 5 and 10 September promoted the botrytis which attacked the grapes in a uniform manner. This…

Bordeaux Sauternes vineyards

2001 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions Enjoying the same ideal vintage conditions throughout August and September as Bordeaux’s dry whites, the three sweet white grapes were also favoured by October’s perfect Botrytis weather. Regular…

Bordeaux Sauternes vineyards

2000 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions The Sauternes region enjoyed the same hot weather from mid-July as the rest of Bordeaux. Some growers began picking as early as 11 September, as the grapes were…

Bordeaux Sauternes vineyards

1999 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions There was rain during the second half of September, and October was fine. The Sauvignon Blanc matured very rapidly, and could be picked in early September. The vintage…

Bordeaux Sauternes vineyards

1998 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions The weather pattern was uneven, but by the time botrytis arrived in mid-September the grapes were fully ripe. Spells of rain complicated the harvest, and acidities were lower…

Bordeaux Sauternes vineyards

1997 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

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…

1996 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

1996 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions Rain in August swelled the grapes but also encouraged some botrytis to set in. September was mixed, with some cold weather and rain towards the end of the…

1995 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

1995 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions The winter was mild, the spring warm and dry, as was the summer. There was rain in September and botrytis spread rapidly from around 20 September; thereafter the…

1994 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

1994 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions There was some frost damage in Barsac in April, but flowering was normal. By September the grapes looked promising, but rain from 15 to 24 September wrecked hopes…

1993 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

1993 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions A frustrating year, as the summer was glorious, and by late September the grapes were in excellent condition, although they lacked concentration. Then very heavy rain arrived and…

1992 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

1992 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions Flowering was prolonged, and the summer was unusually wet. Botrytis set in mid-September, but growers also had to battle with grey rot. Harvesting began around 16 September, but…

1991 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

1991 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions The April frosts were as devastating in Sauternes as in the Médoc, so yields are extremely low, especially since flowering was uneven. The summer was fine, and the…

1990 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

1990 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions 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…

1989 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

1989 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions Flowering was early, and the summer very warm and dry. Hail in early July reduced the crop by up to 75 percent at some properties in Bommes. Botrytis…