Bordeaux 1980 / The 1980s was a glorious decade. The nature was cherishing Bordeaux appellations and decade yielded good to excellent vintages excluding 1980, 1984 and 1987. Last time nature was treating Bordeaux this well was in the 1920’s. However 1980’s turned out to be even greater decade since the heavy investing on wine making facilities and vineyard work took place. The new technology and know-how was also introduced in chateaus. This became a golden era for the oenologists, who were the students of revolutionizing oenologist legend Émile Peynaud.
The slump of the 1970’s was left behind and the generally improving financial circumstances also contributed and brought new customers.
The decade also created a new phenomenon that profoundly changed the world of wine forever: "parkerisation". Wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr, who established the magazine The Wine Advocate in 1978, became the most important person to influence the wine production in Bordeaux and the whole world. He had a good guide to introduce the Bordeaux wine scene a young oenologist Michel Rolland, a student of Peynaud. While Peynaud was preaching in the name of terroirs, Michel Rolland focused on winemaking. It was Michel Rolland who introduced the modern fruit-driven style with new wine making techniques in Bordeaux fulfilling the appeal of his influential friend Robert M. Parker Jr. Together these two gentlemen escorted Bordeaux into the new era which was welcome by new customers with new palates from Far East, Europe and United States at the end of 1980’s.
Unlike 1970’s this decade had a poor beginning with the vintage 1980. The cold spring postponed the flowering to end of June, which was cold and wet. The summer was otherwise moderate although mixed one. Then the sunny and warm September made the late ripening vintage which faced still first rainy then cold circumstances in October after being harvested later that month. Neither the reds or the dry whites succeeded extremely well rather modestly. Exception was taken by Pétrus and Margaux which both succeeded very well. The best wine of the vintage was anyway Yquem, which is surprisingly concentrated.