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1998

3 Sterne  Very Good

difficult, but very good

very dry spring with heat-wave at the end of May/beginning of June (reaching 35° Celsius), flowering began on May 30th with good flowering weather, it remained dry and warm, with a very nice summer, followed by a period of rain in early September. The early grapes could be harvested, well-ripened, during a spell of nice weater which filled the second half of September. The harvest had to be accelerated at the beginning of October to save the ripe grapes from imminent rain. The quality of this year's wine is very closely related to harvest volume. Wines have expuisitely subtle sweetness of extract, the November harvest yielded highly concentrated sweet wines.