A complete wine, well balanced, particularly fine and subtle, but lacking power and length. The finish is soft and tender but is starting to show a little dryness. It should be enjoyed now.
The 1971 growing season was affected by very serious "coulure" in the Merlot vines. This is when bad weather prevents the flower from setting into fruit. July and August were very hot and dry, but September was rainy, which did not stop this small crop from reaching a good ripeness level. (The picking began 1st October)