Sauternes and Barsac 1998
Rain caused problems throughout the vintage but a number of excellent wines were produced nevertheless
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.
Bastor-Lamontagne, Doisy-Védrines, Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Nairac, Rieussec