In 1976 Bordeaux faced along with the rest of the Western Europe an exceptional heat wave throughout the summer with immense drought. The heavy storms took place in Septmeber diluting the shrivelled grapes. For the early ripening vintage harvesting took place exceptionally early. Right bank was more successful while earlier ripening Merlot was harvested before dilution due to the heavy rains. Nevertheless Lafite-Rothschild rises to the position of one of the best reds from this year. This was also one of the rare years when Ausone has proven to be better than Cheval Blanc. Wines with a poor price-quality ratio include Mouton-Rothschild and Margaux.
This vintage opted for the white wines which turned out to be extremely good although lacking acidity for long term ageing. The dry whites of Graves have been excellent: Haut-Brion Blanc, Laville Haut-Brion and Domaine de Chevalier Blanc. The Sauternes have also provided great enjoyment, including Yquem, Rieussec and Guiraud.