The wines of 1963, a very significant period
The 1963 vintage was rather complicated in the Rhône and Bordeaux regions, but quite satisfactory in the Burgundy region. We can notice some great wines, such as Château Latour 1963 and Château Lafite Rothschild which are great wines. In Burgundy, there was a sunny after-season. There was a late harvest but the red wines were simple and elegant.
In 1963, the sun was not shining on the soils of the Bordeaux vineyards and there was a lot of rain between July and September, the grapes produced clear juice with little taste, poor balance and above all no tannin. The harvest was very late. The winegrowers had to wait until November to harvest the grapes because it was so difficult for them to reach maturity due to the weather conditions. The previous months of April, May and June were normal, the flowering was there. July and August were extremely rainy and September was cold and wet. The month of October was rather correct but it was not enough to make up for the delay accumulated in the previous months. Chablis will still have produced quality wines.
In general, the wines of 1963 are not of excellent quality, they are more addressed to collectors. Instead, you can opt for these vintages, 1953, 1973, 1983, 1993, 2003 and 2013.