The highlight for me was the 1971 Château Palmer. I have drunk this Margaux several times and it never disappoints, one of the hidden gems of the decade and unequivocally one of the best Left Banks of that season, to the point where I would prefer to drink this than any of the First Growth bar Latour. The Left Bank wines of this vintage can be austere, not so Palmer that verges on the point of nubile; very pure with hints of violet on the nose betraying its appellation. If you were born in this vintage and cannot find/afford Petrus, then trust me, you will not be disappointed.
Tasted at the 1971 Charity Dinner at the Ledbury, the bottle donated by the estate. What an outstanding Margaux this is. It has a Pauillac like freshness and austerity on the nose with fresh blackberry, graphite and cedar, brilliantly defined and exuding class. The palate has wonderful precise tannic structure, quite backward compared to previous bottles with a scintillating freshness and vitality. Quite strict and linear with a crisp tannic finish, this Palmer 1971 is one of the outstanding successes on the Left Bank.