The grapes were subjected to a real wash-out by the heavy and almost unceasing rain of September; it was naturally impossible for them to reach a correct level of ripeness. 1969 is a lesser, mediocre wine, which has sunk into oblivion. It should have been drunk by now...
After a normal start to the growing season, July and August were hot and dry, therefore favourable, but September was extremely wet and ruined all the hopes that had been built up about this vintage. (The picking began 29th September)