Vintage Report

Australia/ Barossa: World War II has devastated the globe, with more than 60 million lives lost. In the Barossa there is suspicion and distrust between fourth generation English descendants and their fellow Barossans of German heritage. While the region’s first Vintage Festival heals these wounds and a new co-operative movement take over retail outlets and hotels, there is also a move to modernise the local wine industry. Colin Gramp, a descendant of Johann Gramp, returns from World War II via the Napa Valley in the USA where he has observed modern winemaking practices and in 1947 makes the Barossa’s first dry red table wines since the 1860s – a Special Reserve Claret, predominantly made of Shiraz with the addition of some Cabernet Sauvignon. Colin becomes the father of the new Barossa and one of its most prominent innovators.

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The best wines of the 1940 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Romanée Conti 95.4 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
2 Château Mouton-Rothschild 95.0 Château Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
3 Vina Real Gran Reserva 94.0 C.V.N.E /Cune Rioja, Spain
4 La Tâche 93.2 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
5 Niepoort Colheita 92.0 Niepoort Douro, Portugal
6 La Mission Haut Brion 90.5 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
7 Alusha Tokay 90.0 Massandra Crimea, Ukraine
8 d'Yquem 89.0 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
9 Lafite-Rothschild 88.5 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
10 Château Margaux 88.3 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
11 Marcobrunn Riesling 88.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
12 Romanée St. Vivant 87.0 Maison Louis Latour Burgundy, France
13 Château Cos d'Estournel 86.5 Château Cos d'Estournel Bordeaux, France
14 Ayu-Dag Cahors 85.0 Massandra Crimea, Ukraine
15 Pétrus 83.0 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
16 Château Guiraud 78.0 Château Guiraud Bordeaux, France
17 Château Suduiraut 78.0 Château Suduiraut Bordeaux, France
18 Château Filhot 75.0 Château Filhot Sauternes, France
19 Cheval Blanc 0.0 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France


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