After a disastrous 1968, 1969 was once again suffered from poor weather in September that dashed any hopes for a great vintage. 
The wine lacked structure and has aged rapidly​.

1969 WEATHER CONDITIONS

TEMPERATURES AND RAINFALL

The first three months of the growing season were rainy, with average temperatures.  The summer months were drier, but heavy showers in September (194 mm) ruined any chance of excellent quality.

WATER BALANCE

In order to grow well, the vine needs for water stress to set in slowly so the grapes to ripen well and become concentrated.  The water balance shows that medium-strong water stress occurred in July and August.  For the second year in a row, this was unfortunately cancelled out by abundant rainfall in September.  The soil was practically waterlogged during the harvest, which is very rare in Bordeaux.

FEATURES OF THE VINTAGE

RIPENING AND YIELDS

The summer of 1969 was good for growing grapes, but the harvest was ruined by exceptionally wet weather in September.  
Yields were quite low (19 hectolitres per hectare), but the degree of alcohol was high (13°).

  Begin End
1969 harvest dates September, 29th October, 8t
Average harvest dates: 1946-2014 September, 24th October, 8t

 

1969 yield    (hl/ha) Average yield (1946 to 2014)
19.3 33.9

 

TASTING NOTES

11th August 2015

The nose opens with a full note of minty freshness. Thereafter, the aromas of prunes and figs sign a wine marked by a certain evolution.

The attack is full and sweetening. Fat, but also acidity are very present and compensate for some weakness in the tannic structure. The aromas marry pipe tobacco with balsamic notes but the wine ends a little short compared to the other vintages of the Château.

15th April 2010

The 1969 growing season was ruined by heavy rain in September that dashed hopes raised by a dry summer. This is the first vintage in the estate's history entirely bottled at the château.

The wine lacks structure and has aged quickly. It was best enjoyed young.