The month of June, cold
and wet, brought a large reduction of viable flowers, with a strong « coulure ». August and September were hotter and drier than average, which allowed for an earlier picking than in 1986. The loss
of much Merlot early in the season allowed for very good ripening of the remaining grapes.
Thanks to the precocious properties of the terroirs of Margaux, the grapes were brought in before the mid-October rains and the wine continues to be extremely pleasant. This has to be outlined, all the more so, that it had been said (Robert Parker, November 1987) that 1987 was one of the worse vintages ever !
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