Bordeaux 1974 / The terrible winter in 1974 was nothing as bad as the world slump experienced this year. The Middle Eastern War, slump of the price of dollar and quadrupling oil prices were unbearable for trade. The summer turned out being good but the rainy autumn with cold weather yielded unripe poor crop. At the same time many of the producers had still their stocks full of vintage 1972 in their stocks.
Everything started well with an early spring, and fair months of May and June. The mid-blossoming, on June 11th, and a good fertilization contributed to a significant crop size as bunches per vine were important. July and August were sunny and hot. Unfortunately, by the end of August, the weather changed with frequent rains and low temperatures.
During the harvest, the weather was unsteady, with alternation of fair days, cloudy skies, fog, and rain; forcing us to stop the picking of the grapes for three days. The temperature did not exceed 20 °and generally was around 14-15° in the afternoon.
The quality of the crop was good due to the drastic selection of the vats.