The spectacular success of the Margaux appellation in this vintage partly remains an enigma, which goes to show how limited our knowledge is about what makes a vintage successful… It would appear that the stormy rain showers in August were less heavy in Margaux than in other regions around Bordeaux. The 1983 Château Margaux is a very fine wine, that certain tasters find better than the 1982 vintage. We have followed this pair of vintages since the beginning with curiosity and sheer pleasure without ever making a definitive judgement as to their respective qualities. Over the years, one tasted better than the other and vice-versa…
Today, the 1983 is certainly one of the most classic Château Margaux of the last twenty years. The bouquet has developed well, it has become rich, complex and mature. On the palate, the impression remains of great power with tannins which are still firm but without any hardness. It is perfect drinking now.
After a very rainy spring, the month of June was hot and dry, making excellent conditions for the flowering. The summer was hot and humid, almost tropical, thus causing potential risks of disease. Then, as from the 10th September, very fine hot and sunny weather set in, helping the grapes to reach excellent ripeness levels. (The picking began on 29th September)