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1996 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac


A high quality vintage with rich and concentrated wines

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 month. There was grey rot, and affected bunches had to be removed. Botrytis was widespread by early October, sugar levels were high, and the harvest was in full swing. The best wines were rich and concentrated. Very high quality.

Best Appellations

Overall, Sauternes fared better than Barsac.

Best Producers

Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Haut-Bergeron, Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Rayne-Vigneau, Tour-Blanche

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