wines for anniversary vintages
A small harvest in Bordeaux, but excellent wines.
The red wines are finesse-styled, well-endowed and balanced. Most of them were at their peak around 1995.
The white wines are typical of a good vintage, but sometimes rather fragile. Like the reds, they were superb around 1995.
Best wines from the vintage 1961:
Extraordinary wines: Château Latour à Pomerol 1961, Château Petrus 1961, Château Latour 1961, Château Haut Brion 1961, Hermitage La Chapelle 1961 Jaboulet, Château Evangile 1961, Château Mission Haut Brion 1961, Château Palmer 1961.
Outstanding wines: Château Trotanay 1961, Château Mouton Rothschild 1961, Château Lafleur 1961, Château Gruaud Larose 1961, Château Ducru Beaucaillou 1961.
Excellent quality in Bordeaux, but reduced quantities. Some 1971 surpass their 1970 counterparts.
Reds: evolved wines that are excellent, but generally less successful than the 1970s. The best wines are still at their peak.
Whites: suffer from the shadow cast upon them by the 1970s, which are of good quality. The sweet wines were fat, very fruity and plesant. Good evolution.
Best wines from the vintage 1971:
Outsanding wines: Giocomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino 1971, Coutet Cuvée Madame 1971, Musigny Vieilles Vignes Vogue 1971, Tattinger Comte de Champagne 1971, Mazi Chambertin 1971 Leroy.
Great wines: Petrus 1971, Latour 1971, Climens 1971, Guiseppe Mascarello Barolo Montprivato 1971, Ridge Monte Bello 1971, Hermitage La Chapelle 1971 Jaboulet, Trotanoy 1971.
Best wines from the vintage 1981:
Outsanding wines: Penfolds grange 1981, Vega Sicilia Unico 1981, Coutet Cuvée Madame 1981.
Great wines: Châteauneuf du Pape Château de Beaucastel 1981, Taittinger Comte de Champagne 1981, Chablis Montée de Tonnerre 1981 domaine Raveneau, Domaine de Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée Réservée 1981.
Throughout France, with exception in Rhone valley (Hermitage and Côte Rotie are still sublimes), the harvest was mediocre. In Bordeaux in particular, it was extremely heterogeneous in terms of both volume and quality.
In California, for all the red Bordeaux varietals it is a splendid year, with many producers expressing a preference for their 1991 s because of the incredibly long hand time of the vine.
Best wines from the vintage 1991:
Extraordinary wines: Guigal Côte Rotie la Mouline 1991, Domaine Leroy Latricières-Chambertin 1991, Chapoutier Côte Rotie la Mordorée.
Outstanding wines: Chave Hermitage Cuvée Cathelin 1991, Ridge Monte Bello 1991, Chambertin 1991 Domaine Ponsot, Penfolds Grange 1991, la Tache 1991 domaine de la Romanée Conti.
In Bordeaux, some consider the vintage 2001, as the produce of a cold vintage, and, therefore, slow to mature and classical in style but some other compare the left bank with their very good 1986 counterparts.
In the sweet wine-producing areas, the light September and October rains favoured the onset of noble rot on ripe grapes, which hence produced pure and fruity wines, endowed with optimal acidity.
Best wines from the vintage 2001:
Extraordinary wines: Harlan Estate 2001, Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve 2001, Château d'Yquem 2001, Monte Bello Ridge 2001, Verite La Muse 2001.
Outstanding wines: D'Arenberg the Dead Arm Shiraz 2001, Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino 2001, Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf du Pape Rerserve des Celestins 2001.
Best wines from the vintage 2011 :
Extraordinary wines: Ermitage l'Ermite (blanc) Chapoutier 2011, Quinta do Noval Nacional 2011, Delas Freres Hermitage les Bessards 2011, Guigal Cote Rotie la Landonne 2011.
Outstanding wines: Sine Qua Non Syrah Patine 2011, Tua Rita Syrah 2011, Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides 2011, Domaine Leroy Romanee St Vivant 2011, Domaine de la Romanee Conti Montrachet 2011.
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