The worst vintage of the decade
The drought that affected much of Western Europe throughout spring and summer made its impact felt in Bordeaux. The hot, dry weather continued until storms began in mid-September, interrupting the harvest, which had started early. Another fine vintage, but very different in character from the more classic 1975. The summer was extremely hot, but there was heavy rain in mid-September. Picking began on 21 September, but the best estates waited a while longer for botrytis to become widespread. Not all the fruit was healthy and some wines showed premature oxidation. The best wines are rich and unctuous, the lesser wines lacked acidity and soon became blowsy.