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1971 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

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A small but stylish vintage

Weather Conditions

The cold, damp spring did not clear until towards the end of June. The weather picked up during summer, which, on the whole, was warm and sunny, although punctuated by showers. Good conditions prevailed for the harvest,

which started early in October.

Best Appellations

These wines were much more flattering in their youth than the 70s, but have mostly not stayed the course. Then low acidity has made for quick maturing and premature ageing. The best wines come from Pauillac.

Best Producers

Pauillac: Latour has developed well and is still drinking well. Mouton is good in large bottles (magnums and larger) in spite of disappointments in bottles when much younger.

Margaux: Palmer was one of the most successful of all Medocs and well kept bottles could still give pleasure.

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