Another rainy vintage, producing rather thin and dilute wines
A promising start, with a rapid early flowering, followed by a hot summer with occasional rain. Once again rain in September marred what could otherwise have been an exceptional vintage. There was little rot, and overall quality was higher than in 1993, although the wines in the Médoc and Graves lacked the finesse and grip of a great year.
Merlot-dominated wines fared best, and St Julien and Pauillac were probably the most successful districts. Since the rain fell from 7 September, many white grapes in the Graves were picked before the downpours, and some very well balanced white wines were made. St-Estèphe and St-Julien perhaps made the best wines
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