Vintage Report

The year 1929 was an extraordinary year in the vineyards of Bordeaux as well as on Wall Street. When the U.S. stock market crashed in 1929, it produced several unwanted effects abroad, especially in Europe, where many countries had not fully recovered from the aftermath of World War I. In Germany the economic disaster and the resulting social dislocation contributed to the rise of Adolf the United States there were 16 million unemployed – about a third of the available labour force.

In Bordeaux the 1929 is one of the “legendary” vintages of the century. Its reputation was made even greater as the 30s were really a catastrophic decade, and it was not until 1945 that anything of equivalent quality was made. In Bordeaux those sixteen years were one of the longest “dark periods” in the 20th century. The year of 1929 was extremely hot and dry, the driest since the beginning of the century. It only rained for a short period during the harvest, but then the fine and hot weather came back again. The grapes became very concentrated, high in tannins and produced wine to last.

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Vintage Report

Bordeaux Vintage Report by Château Margaux / 1928 and 1929, what a fabulous pair of vintages! To find successive years of such high quality, we had to wait about sixty years until 1989 and 1990; though, at Margaux, we could also mention 1982 and 1983. The wines made in the 1928 vintage were, right from the start, incredibly powerful and concentrated, often even hard and austere, which explains why 1928 was overshadowed by 1929 which had an almost immediate attraction.
Château Margaux 1928 is an outstandingly great wine and is today perhaps superior to the 1929, since it has, on the whole, aged better. There is more consistency in the bottles, the wine has lost its hardness, but has kept an absolutely extraordinary freshness and richness. It may not have the great finesse of a bottle of 1929, but its freshness is far greater.

It was marvellous weather, practically from the flowering to the harvest, which allowed the grapes to attain an outstanding level of concentration as well as ripeness. (The picking began 25th September)

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The Wall Street Crash of 1929, is the stock-market crash that occurred starts on October 28th and started the period of The Great Depression in the United States, starting a world-wide economic crisis and lasting till the mid 30's.

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre on February 14th. Seven gangsters rivaling Al Capone are murdered in Chicago, Illinois.

Total of over 200,000 die from Influenza Epidemic.

Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are started.

The German airship Graf Zeppelin completes a round-the-world flight

The First Public phone booths appear in London

Vatican City gains independence from Italy on June 7th and is created as its own State.

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The best wines of the 1929 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Crème de Tête 100.0 Château de Rayne Vigneau Bordeaux, France
2 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 100.0 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Bordeaux, France
3 Château Haut-Brion 98.5 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
4 Maury 98.0 Gérard Bertrand Languedoc-Roussillon, France
5 Château Haut-Brion Blanc 98.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
6 Château Suduiraut 97.4 Château Suduiraut Bordeaux, France
7 Vintage 97.3 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
8 Pétrus 97.2 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
9 d'Yquem 97.1 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
10 La Tâche 97.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
11 Chambertin 97.0 Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, France
12 Crème de Tête 96.8 Château d'Arche Sauternes, France
13 Château de Rayne Vigneau 96.3 Château de Rayne Vigneau Bordeaux, France
14 Château Cos d'Estournel 96.3 Château Cos d'Estournel Bordeaux, France
15 Romanée Conti 96.3 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
16 La Mission Haut Brion 96.2 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
17 Vintage Champagne 96.0 Bollinger Champagne, France
18 Château Ausone 96.0 Château Ausone Bordeaux, France
19 Ai-Daniel Tokay 96.0 Massandra Crimea, Ukraine
20 Château Coutet 96.0 Château Coutet Sauternes, France
21 Château Raymond-Lafon 96.0 Château Raymond-Lafon Bordeaux, France
22 Niersteiner Riesling 96.0 Weingut Karl Schmitt Rheinhessen, Germany
23 Marcobrunn Riesling 95.5 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
24 Cheval Blanc 95.2 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France
25 Steinberger Riesling Eiswein Beerenauslese 95.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
26 Chambertin 95.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
27 Pommard Les Grands Epenots 95.0 Domaine de Montille Burgundy, France
28 Château Latour 94.7 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
29 Château Margaux 94.7 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
30 Latour-à-Pomerol 94.6 Château Latour-à-Pomerol Bordeaux, France
31 Musigny V.V. 94.5 Domaine Henri de Bahezre Burgundy, France
32 Dom Pérignon 94.4 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
33 Richebourg 94.2 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
34 Domaine de Chevalier 94.0 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan, France
35 Château Bastor-Lamontagne 94.0 Château Bastor-Lamontagne Sauternes, France
36 Niersteiner Riesling 94.0 Hermannshof Germany, Germany
37 Le Chambertin 94.0 Louis Jadot Burgundy, France
38 Château Gruaud-Larose 94.0 Château Gruaud-Larose Bordeaux, France
39 Château de Cérons Blanc 94.0 Château de Cérons Bordeaux, France
40 Pommard Les Epenots 93.5 Maison Louis Latour Burgundy, France
41 Marques de Riscal Reserva 93.5 Marqués de Riscal Rioja, Spain
42 Château Mouton-Rothschild 93.1 Château Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
43 Chambolle Musigny 93.0 Bouchard Père & Fils Burgundy, France
44 Cordon Rouge vintage 93.0 G.H. Mumm Champagne, France
45 Veuve Clicquot Brut 93.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
46 Pavie 92.3 Château Pavie Bordeaux, France
47 Château Guiraud 92.0 Château Guiraud Bordeaux, France
48 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 92.0 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Bordeaux, France
49 Château Filhot 91.5 Château Filhot Sauternes, France
50 Château Palmer 91.5 Château Palmer Bordeaux, France
51 Vintage 91.5 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
52 Montrose 91.4 Château Montrose Bordeaux, France
53 Tinta Negra (doce) 91.0 Pereira d’Oliveira Madeira, Portugal
54 Chateau Margaux Pavillon Blanc 91.0 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
55 Unico 90.6 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
56 Lafite-Rothschild 90.0 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
57 Vosne Romanée Beaumont 89.3 Antonin Rodet Bourgogne, France
58 Vintage 89.0 Pommery Champagne, France
59 Vosnée-Romanée Les Malconsorts 89.0 A. Vougeot Burgundy, France
60 Vintage 88.6 Ruinart Champagne, France
61 Tinta Negra (meio doce) 88.5 Pereira d’Oliveira Madeira, Portugal
62 Clos Vougeot 88.0 Pierre Ponnelle Burgundy, France
63 Château Haut-Bailly 88.0 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac Leognan, France
64 Tinta Negra (seco) 88.0 Pereira d’Oliveira Madeira, Portugal
65 Musigny 88.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
66 Château Brane-Cantenac 81.0 Château Brane-Cantenac Bordeaux, France
67 Dom Ruinart 75.0 Ruinart Champagne, France
68 Château de Malle 0.0 Château de Malle Sauternes, France
69 Vosnée Romanée Les Malconsorts 0.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
70 Anjou 0.0 Moulin Touchais Loire, France
71 Ai-Danil Pinot Gris 0.0 Massandra Crimea, Ukraine
72 Pommad Les Grands Epenots 0.0 Domaine de Montille Burgundy, France
73 Château Climens 0.0 Château Climens Bordeaux, France
74 Vosne-Romanée Les Malconsorts 0.0 Albert Bichot Bourgogne, France
75 Montrachet 0.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France


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