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1997 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

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A varied year for red Bordeaux generally

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. It was important to remove any bunches that were failing to ripen properly. Harvesting began on 10 September, and was prolonged, although some Cabernet had to be picked early as rot was setting in. White grapes were picked early, but here too there were problems with rot and dilution.

Best Appellations

The best reds came from the northern Médoc, but overall this is a light year with few well structured wines. Strict selection was essential, leading to a glut of second wines.

Best Producers

No producers recommended

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