opulence and richness
The buds burst early due to the mild spring weather, but the crop was reduced by a cold, damp June. A hot July followed, but August saw unsettled conditions, with storms and some hail in the middle of the month. This was corrected a sunny September. Picking began early, on the 16th.
Red wines: The weather resulted in concentrated, ripe fruit with good acidity.
The strike rate here was significantly higher than in Medoc. The wines have opulence and richness which has produced some superb mature wines.
Saint-Emilion: There is a great Cheval Blanc, opulent and aromatic. Other successes include La Dominique, Figeac and Magdeleine. Pomerol was even better, with Petrus probably the wine of the vintage, a complete contrast of styles to 1970, still extremely exotic and fine.
Then came La Conseillante, La Croix, L’Evangile, La Fleur Petrus, Rouget, Trotanoy and Vieux Chateau Certan – but some bottles may be over the top now.