1977 Bordeaux Wine Vintage Report and Buying Guide

1977 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

1977 Bordeaux wine owns the title of the worst year in a decade of mostly difficult vintages. It was a tough contest when you think about it as you were forced to consider 1972, 1973 and 1974! The 1977 Bordeaux growing season got off to a cold start due the severe damage caused by the frost in the spring that ruined the Merlot grapes. Many vineyards in Bordeaux suffered major damage from the severe frosts that struck most of the region on March 31 and again on April 9.

If that wasn’t enough, the frosts were followed by a wet, cold, sunless summer. By late September, the weather improved, but it was far too little, too late to help the 1977 Bordeaux vintage. The 1977 Bordeaux harvest officially started October 3. The vintage and I are equally happy we have never met. If you need a birth year or anniversary wine, skip 1977 Bordeaux wine and grab a bottle of Vintage Port wine. It’s a picture perfect vintage for Vintage Port and the wines are just now starting to show really well.
To read about other Bordeaux vintages from 1945 to today: Bordeaux Year to Year Detailed Vintage Reports & Guide 1945 to Today