See Decanter's vintage guide for Médoc and Graves 1962.
An elegant, fast-maturing vintage
Conditions were cold and rainy from winter onwards right through to the end of May. June’s good weather developed into an extremely hot summer, although a reasonable degree of rainfall prevented drought from developing. Reds: good weather continued throughout the late harvest, which began on 9 October.
The highest strike rate was in St Julien, followed by Pauillac. Graves was excellent for the top crus. There were many good lesser crus.
St Julien: Ducru-Beaucaillou, Leoville-Barton, Gruaud-Larose, Beychevelle and Talbot were all excellent and tasted well. Pauillac: Lafite, Latour (the last produced before the sale to the Pearson Group), Mouton are outstanding. Pichon Longueville Comtesse Lalande, Lynch- Bages, Mouton-Baronne-Philippe are very good. St Estephe: Cos d’Estournel and Montrose have eloquence and depth after a slow start, while Haut-Marbuzet shows how good a cru bourgeois can be when as well made as this. Margaux: a classic Palmer is preferable to a rather below par Margaux. Graves: La Mission, Haut-Brion, Haut-Bailly, Domaine de Chevalier and Pape Clement were the best.