January and February 1949 were exceptionally dry. The weather turned cold and wet in June, just as the vine came into flower, reducing the size of the final crop. The year as a whole was very dry, resulting in extremely concentrated grapes. The temperature reached 40° C on 11 July, highly unusual for Bordeaux at the time. Storms brought some relief to the vines. Picking started on 30 September, with the entire team from Château La Conseillante called in as reinforcements, helping out Château-Figeac as neighbours and friends. Yields were very small, with small berries. The combination of all these conditions gave the wine great intensity.
- 50 % Cabernet Franc
- 34 % Merlot,
- 12 % Cabernet Sauvignon
- 4 % Malbec
From the 1960s, Malbec was gradually replaced throughout the entire vineyard by a larger proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon.