A superb vintage of exceptional quality – luscious, fruity and charming
Cold spells that lasted well into early spring made for a slow start to the growing season. A moderate July followed a warm June, but temperatures rose somewhat in August. By the time the rains fell in September, they were welcome. The grapes took their time to ripen fully, so harvest began late, in the second week of October. The weather had a particularly strong impact on white wines, producing a small crop of high-quality grapes.
Probably the best vintage for white wines of the decade. A smallish crop (unlike in Bordeaux) produced splendidly concentrated, balanced wines. They were less powerful but more elegant than the 1964s and have not held up quite so well. Consistent from Corton to Charlemagne.
Few sampled recently. Lafon’s Meursault Perrières is delicious.