During the first half of the 1940s, wine was produced in the middle of a world conflagration. Even though the occupying force set the terms for selling wine, they still respected the winemakers’ work by paying for the wine they drank, instead of simply confiscating it. This had a positive influence on the winemakers' desire to produce wine during wartime. And even though wartime vintages are not very highly acclaimed, they were in actual fact comparatively good, both in terms of red and white wines. Unfortunately few have stood the test of time after decades in storage. The best wine from the war years that is still drinkable is the Château Pétrus 1943 (PN 93p. / 2005).
The growing season in 1943 got off to a rip-roaring start, when the germination phase was already over at the beginning of June. This was followed by a dry, hot summer, which generally ensures excellent weather conditions. The relatively small crop was harvested in perfect weather, thus making for a truly outstanding year. The year turned out even better for the Pomerol and Saint-Émilion regions. Médoc wines are characteristically very tannic, but they all too often lack intensity and nuance. Due to the small production lots, these wines are now extremely hard to come by.