A vintage spoiled by too much rain across Bordeaux
The spring was damp, but a warmer May led to swift flowering. The summer was warm, and August hot. Growers were all set for a very fine vintage, when the clouds burst on September 6. Fortunately cool weather kept rot at bay, but dilution was inevitable.
The conditions favoured Merlot over Cabernet. Quality in the Médoc is patchy, but there were many underrated wines. In the Graves the reds were attractive medium-bodied wines for medium-term consumption, and the whites, which had quite good acidity, were generally superior to the reds. St-Julien is best.
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