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1997 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac


The finest vintage since 1990. Many excellent wines

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 of concentrated but not botrytised fruit, and botrytis only set in during October. Some estates continued picking well into November, and those who picked late had wines in rich botrytis character. Quality slightly higher in Sauternes than Barsac, but excellent throughout the region. Probably the best vintage since 1990.

Best Appellations

Best Producers

Climens, Extravagance de Doisy-Daene, Lafaurie-Peyraguey, de Malle, Nairac, Sigalas-Rabaud, Tour-Blanche

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