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1998 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Sauternes and Barsac 1998


Rain caused problems throughout the vintage but a number of excellent wines were produced nevertheless

Weather Conditions

The weather pattern was uneven, but by the time botrytis arrived in mid-September the grapes were fully ripe. Spells of rain complicated the harvest, and acidities were lower than in 1997. Some wines were difficult to ferment, resulting in relatively low alcohol and high residual sugar. The best wines are excellent, but others are patchy.

Best Appellations

Best Producers

Bastor-Lamontagne, Doisy-Védrines, Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Nairac, Rieussec

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