A mediocre vintage for most of the red wines. After a cool and rainy summer, and a milder autumn, the grapes were harvested in the rain. The majority of the wines are light, acidic and lacking in character. The Graves and Margaux appellations were very successful (particularly Château Margaux) and in lesser measures, Pauillac, which produced elegant and supple wines with a good cellaring capacity. However, 1980 is an excellent year for Sauternes, with lovely mature, rich and intense wines.
Château Cheval Blanc - Domaine de Chevalier - Château la Dominique - Château Mouton Rothschild - Château Calon Ségur - Château Haut Brion - Château Latour - Château La Mission Haut-Brion - Château Margaux - Vieux Château Certan - Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande - Château Léoville Barton - Château Haut-Bailly - Petrus - Château Montrose - Château Talbot -
Château de Fargues - Château Raymond Lafon - Château Rieussec - Château de Rayne Vigneau - Château Climens - Château d' Yquem -
Château Carbonnieux - Château Laville Haut-Brion - Domaine de Chevalier -