An inconsistent vintage with some good Saint-Julien and Pauillac
The mild conditions of winter and early spring were followed by fine weather in late spring, producing a good flowering. Most of summer was cool and dry, although July saw some rains. August was mostly dry, but the sun failed to shine. This was compensated for by a return to hot, sunny weather in September. Despite intermittent rain just before the harvest, the crop survived intact, with no rot. Early October saw the start of the harvest take place in perfect conditions.
Across the region this was the best and most consistent year between ’61 and ’70. Pauillac produced classic wines which have lasted well. St Julien: again very consistent and fine. Margaux: some fine long-maturing wines. St Estephe produced some classically long-lived, powerful wines. Graves produced outstanding wines from its best vineyards.
Pauillac: an outstanding Latour, still in its prime. Very good Mouton. Lafite is fine, in lighter mode. Pichon-Lalande and Lynch-Bages are the pick of the rest. St Estephe: classic long-lived wines are to be found at Cos d’Estournel and Montrose. De Pez is also very good. St Julien: Leoville Las Cases and Beychevelle are outstanding in quite different ways. But Gruaud Larose, Leoville Barton, Ducru-Beaucaillou and Talbot are also very fine and have matured well.
Margaux: Chateau Margaux produced a very good wine. Palmer is excellent and there is a very good Giscours. Moulis Poujeaux produced one of the best of the un-classified wines. Graves: La Mission and Haut Brion are both classics. Haut Bailly, Domaine de Chevalier and Pape Clement are very good.