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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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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.

Weather
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 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 100.0 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Bordeaux, France
2 Crème de Tête 100.0 Château de Rayne Vigneau Bordeaux, France
3 Château Haut-Brion 98.5 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
4 Château Haut-Brion Blanc 98.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
5 Château Suduiraut 97.4 Château Suduiraut Bordeaux, France
6 Vintage 97.3 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
7 Pétrus 97.2 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
8 d'Yquem 97.1 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
9 La Tâche 97.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
10 Chambertin 97.0 Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, France
11 Crème de Tête 96.8 Château d'Arche Sauternes, France
12 Château Cos d'Estournel 96.3 Château Cos d'Estournel Bordeaux, France
13 Château de Rayne Vigneau 96.3 Château de Rayne Vigneau Bordeaux, France
14 Romanée Conti 96.3 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
15 La Mission Haut Brion 96.2 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
16 Château Raymond-Lafon 96.0 Château Raymond-Lafon Bordeaux, France
17 Ai-Daniel Tokay 96.0 Massandra Crimea, Ukraine
18 Niersteiner Riesling 96.0 Weingut Karl Schmitt Rheinhessen, Germany
19 Château Ausone 96.0 Château Ausone Bordeaux, France
20 Château Coutet 96.0 Château Coutet Sauternes, France
21 Vintage Champagne 96.0 Bollinger Champagne, France
22 Marcobrunn Riesling 95.5 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
23 Cheval Blanc 95.2 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France
24 Pommard Les Grands Epenots 95.0 Domaine de Montille Burgundy, France
25 Steinberger Riesling Eiswein Beerenauslese 95.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
26 Chambertin 95.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
27 Château Latour 94.7 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
28 Château Margaux 94.7 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
29 Latour-à-Pomerol 94.6 Château Latour-à-Pomerol Bordeaux, France
30 Musigny V.V. 94.5 Domaine Henri de Bahezre Burgundy, France
31 Dom Pérignon 94.4 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
32 Richebourg 94.2 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
33 Château de Cérons Blanc 94.0 Château de Cérons Bordeaux, France
34 Niersteiner Riesling 94.0 Hermannshof Germany, Germany
35 Château Bastor-Lamontagne 94.0 Château Bastor-Lamontagne Sauternes, France
36 Domaine de Chevalier 94.0 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan, France
37 Le Chambertin 94.0 Louis Jadot Burgundy, France
38 Château Gruaud-Larose 94.0 Château Gruaud-Larose Bordeaux, France
39 Marques de Riscal Reserva 93.5 Marqués de Riscal Rioja, Spain
40 Pommard Les Epenots 93.5 Maison Louis Latour Burgundy, France
41 Chambolle Musigny 93.0 Bouchard Père & Fils Burgundy, France
42 Veuve Clicquot Brut 93.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
43 Cordon Rouge vintage 93.0 G.H. Mumm Champagne, France
44 Château Mouton-Rothschild 93.0 Château Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
45 Pavie 92.3 Château Pavie Bordeaux, France
46 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 92.0 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Bordeaux, France
47 Château Guiraud 92.0 Château Guiraud Bordeaux, France
48 Château Filhot 91.5 Château Filhot Sauternes, France
49 Château Palmer 91.5 Château Palmer Bordeaux, France
50 Vintage 91.5 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
51 Montrose 91.2 Château Montrose Bordeaux, France
52 Chateau Margaux Pavillon Blanc 91.0 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
53 Unico 90.6 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
54 Vosne Romanée Beaumont 90.2 Antonin Rodet Bourgogne, France
55 Lafite-Rothschild 90.0 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
56 Vintage 89.0 Pommery Champagne, France
57 Vosnée-Romanée Les Malconsorts 89.0 A. Vougeot Burgundy, France
58 Vintage 88.6 Ruinart Champagne, France
59 Château Haut-Bailly 88.0 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac Leognan, France
60 Clos Vougeot 88.0 Pierre Ponnelle Burgundy, France
61 Musigny 88.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
62 Château Brane-Cantenac 81.0 Château Brane-Cantenac Bordeaux, France
63 Dom Ruinart 75.0 Ruinart Champagne, France
64 Ai-Danil Pinot Gris 0.0 Massandra Crimea, Ukraine
65 Vosnée Romanée Les Malconsorts 0.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
66 Vosne-Romanée Les Malconsorts 0.0 Albert Bichot Bourgogne, France
67 Château Climens 0.0 Château Climens Bordeaux, France
68 Pommad Les Grands Epenots 0.0 Domaine de Montille Burgundy, France
69 Anjou 0.0 Moulin Touchais Loire, France
70 Château de Malle 0.0 Château de Malle Sauternes, France
71 Montrachet 0.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France

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