Region 'Medoc and Graves' - Year 1987
|drink now||An average year, producing light, early-maturing wines|
A particularly long, cold winter that dragged on well into spring, adversely affecting the flowering. July and August were both cool and there was little sunshine. September was very hot, but the rains set in towards the end of the month, affecting the harvest. Whites (dry): The weather conditions resulted in a marginally more successful white vintage, but this is still not an exceptional year. A good, but under-rated vintage which favoured Merlot. The wines were attractive and highly approachable but never destined for long term ageing and should have been drunk by now.
The Graves generally produced better-structured wines than the Medoc. Bahans-Haut-Brion, Domaine de Chevalier, Haut-Brion, La Mission, and Pape-Clement all rated highly.