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Vintage Report

1911 figures among the most glorious vintages of Champagne. A rare vintage which sometimes appeared on the most prestigious wine  lists in Paris restaurants but which was above all exported to Great Britain and the United States.

Climatic conditions / Rarely have they been so favourable. There was considerable contrast between the seasons: a cold, snowy winter, a gentle spring, a warm, dry summer and a sunny autumn. Flowering occurred at the beginning of June in the best possible conditions. Apart from some storms, accompanied sometimes by hail which, however, did not cause any damage, the month of July and August were completely dominated by persistent sultry weather (37° at Epernay on 27th July). At the start of the vintage, the vineyards were in perfect condition.

 

Result of the vintage

Opening of harvest:                    9th September

Surface area under vine:               14,289 hectares

Total volume of harvest:               72,875 "pieces"

Average yield per hectare:             1,600 kilos

 

Characteristics of the must

In spite of the excellent conditions, the harvest was very small, this in spite of being better than that of 1910 which only yielded 72 litres per hectare - something not seen since 1816 !

The quality of the grapes was exceptional and it was not necessary to resort to preselection. Pressing was difficult because of the thickness of the grape skins ; it was sometimes necessary to work with 420 kilos to yield 2 hectolitres of wine. With a high alcoholic strength (average 10 to 11°, and up to 14° for certain grand crus) and low acidity (5 to 6 grammes per litre) the musts proved to have remarkable quality.

 

 

 

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Port Vintage Report: A great Off-Vintage: Sandeman separately declared the “Vintage Coronation” in commemoration of the ascension of George V to the throne. An exception in a generally weak year. According to Ernest Cockburn, this Sandeman Vintage “shall be remembered for a long time as an example of everything that is superior in Vintage Port”. A late harvest in October, under intense heat, after some torrential rainfall at the end of September. Very mature grapes, in some areas of the Cimo Corgo reaching more than 16º, but some of which were already raisins or even rotten. Few good wines, with much colour, body and sweetness.

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The best wines of the 1911 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Brut Impérial 98.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
2 Château Léoville Poyferré 97.0 Château Léoville Poyferré Bordeaux, France
3 Niepoort Vintage 97.0 Niepoort Douro, Portugal
4 Grand Brut 96.7 Perrier-Jouët Champagne, France
5 Pol Roger vintage 96.5 Pol Roger Champagne, France
6 Charmes-Chambertin 95.5 Louis Jadot Burgundy, France
7 Romanée Conti 95.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
8 Montrose 95.0 Château Montrose Bordeaux, France
9 Vintage 94.2 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
10 Le Chambertin 94.0 Louis Jadot Burgundy, France
11 Cheval Blanc 92.7 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France
12 Château Suduiraut 92.0 Château Suduiraut Bordeaux, France
13 Marques de Riscal Reserva 91.5 Marqués de Riscal Rioja, Spain
14 Château Latour 88.3 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
15 Para Port Vintage Tawny 88.0 Seppeltsfield South-Australia, Australia
16 Lafite-Rothschild 86.0 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
17 Cordon Rouge vintage 85.0 G.H. Mumm Champagne, France
18 Château Palmer 81.0 Château Palmer Bordeaux, France
19 Rudesheimer Apostelwein 0.0 Bremer Ratskeller Germany, Germany
20 Seppeltfield 0.0 Seppeltsfield South-Australia, Australia

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