A mixed vintage of inconsistent quality
A mild, wet winter led into a warm spring. Summer continued hot and dry, resulting in the development of a well-ripened crop by mid-September. The harvest started well, but the latter part of it was badly affected by the heavy rains that fell without respite for a fortnight. Red: The impact of the bad weather was particularly heavy in the Médoc.
St Julien, Pauillac, Haut-Madoc, Graves
St Julien: Leoville-Las-Cases, Beychevelle and Leoville Barton are very good, closely followed by Ducru-Beaucaillou and Branaire-Ducru. Pauillac: Latour was probably the best wine in Medoc, but the other Firsts were badly affected by the rain, and only Pichon-Lalande, Batailly and Grand-Puy Lacoste made good wines, although now past their best. Haut Madoc Cantemerle and La Lagune deserve mention. Graves: Some of the best left bank wines come from Haut-Brion, La Mission, Domaine de Chevalier, Haut-Bailly and Pape Clement.