1972 Bordeaux Wine Vintage Summary with harvest information, vintage characteristics, buying tips and links. If you are seeking more in-depth information on anything and everything related to the Bordeaux wine region please see the: All About Bordeaux Wine Guide
1972 Bordeaux wine was the product of a cold, wet year. The growing season started with a cold spring, which was followed by a minor break in the cold snap. Adding insult to injury, this was followed by a cold, wet and rainy August. The tepid September weather was just not enough to help 1972 Bordeaux wine. The Bordeaux harvest officially started October 7. 1972 Bordeaux wine should be avoided today, unless you’re seeking a gift for someone you do not like. Instead, grab a copy of “Exile on Main Street” from The Rolling Stones and play it loud! That record just sounds great and really rocks today!
The Bordeaux wine trade has had its ups and downs. From 1961 forward, things had been going great for the chateaux and the negociants. The wines of Bordeaux were selling like hot cakes and going up in price, until 1972. At the time the 1972 Bordeaux vintage was offered for sale, everyone knew the year was destined to be a poor harvest. There was very little demand for the wines. But that did not stop the chateaux in Bordeaux from overpricing the vintage. 1972 Bordeaux wines did not sell and in turn, damaged the reputation of Bordeaux wine all over the world. Prices and demand for Bordeaux wine declined for years. Like all things in life, eventually Bordeaux made a slow and steady comeback.
To read about other Bordeaux vintages from 1945 to today: Bordeaux Year to Year Detailed Vintage Reports & Guide 1945 to Today