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1998 vintage guide for White Burgundy

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Quite fat wines of relatively low acidity. Chablis from top sites is rich and powerful

Weather Conditions

Flowering was protracted, and the summer was warm and dry if not especially sunny, with high temperatures in August. There was some frost and hail in the Mâconnais. September was marred by rain, but there were ten days of fine weather between 16 and 26 September. Unfortunately not all grapes were ripe by 16 September, and some estates waited. Outbreaks of mildew and oidium caused further problems, so strict selection was essential.

Best Appellations

This was an exceptionally tricky vintage, so quality varies; acidity is fairly low so the overall style if quite fat, but only the most concentrated wines will age well. Chassagne-Montrachet may prove the most successful of the Côte d’Or appellations. Hail reduced yields in Chablis, but the wines from top sites and rich and powerful.

Best Producers

Bonneau du Martray; Carillon; Michel Colin-Déléger; Jean-Noël Gagnard; Pierre Morey; Ramonet.

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