See Decanter's vintage guide for Médoc and Graves 1963.

Drink now

A very poor vintage with no wines of note

Weather Conditions

Winter was harsh, but there was little frost damage to the crop in spring.The weather did little to promote successful flowering, and the weather continued cold and damp right through to September, resulting in rot and delayed ripening. Reds: Finally, the sun began to shine at the start of the late harvest, 10 October.

Best Appellations

Rot spread across the region as rain and warm conditions affected ripe grapes. This damaged the pigmentation of the skins – resulting in a tell-tale orange colour in the wines. No area escaped.

Best Producers

Pauillac: The Latour was the only acceptable wine in the Médoc, but has been in decline for some years.