1980 is not a great vintage: the wine has always been supple, aromatic, fine and well balanced, but it lacks power. It has developed beyond our expectations, but it is starting to dry out a bit. You should drink this wine soon. - October 2018
A disastrous cold, rainy spring held back the flowering, which only took place at the end of June. There was mixed weather in the summer, but fortunately September was sunny and hot. After a rainy start to October, dry, cold weather set in, enabling us to harvest, albeit very late, sufficiently ripe and perfectly healthy grapes.
Château Margaux's success in this vintage was acknowledged by all. We were lucky to have harvested very late, after the rain, and to have done so in excellent harvesting conditions.
The picking began 17th October.