Château Margaux's success in this vintage was acknowledged by all. We were lucky to have harvested very late, after the rain, and to have done so in excellent harvesting conditions. Nevertheless, 1980 is not a great vintage: the wine has always been supple, aromatic, fine and well balanced, but it lacks power. It has developed beyond our expectations and has today become a delicate vintage, which has breed and is very enjoyable to drink. It should be drunk now, as it may dry out over the next few years.
A disastrous cold, rainy spring held back the flowering, which only took place at the end of June. There was mixed weather in the summer, but fortunately September was sunny and hot. After a rainy start to October, dry, cold weather set in, enabling us to harvest, albeit very late, sufficiently ripe and perfectly healthy grapes. (The picking began 17th October)