Medoc and Graves 1998
Difficult vintage for the Medoc; better in Graves
Flowering took place in normal conditions, and a dull July was followed by a hot dry August which thickened the skins, which were then able to resist the rains that fell in early September. White grapes were harvested in mid-September, followed by Merlot, which was often of high quality. Cabernet was more problematical, as not all the bunches were fully ripe by the time rot appeared in October.
Some Graves reds lack excitement, but there are some good classic wines from the Médoc, although some show harsh tannins. Some of the best wines are from Pessac-Léognan. The Graves whites are characterised by a distinct fruitiness.
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