Vintage Report

During the first half of the 1940s, wine was produced in the middle of a world conflagration. Even though the occupying force set the terms for selling wine, they still respected the winemakers’ work by paying for the wine they drank, instead of simply confiscating it. This had a positive influence on the winemakers' desire to produce wine during wartime. And even though wartime vintages are not very highly acclaimed, they were in actual fact comparatively good, both in terms of red and white wines. Unfortunately few have stood the test of time after decades in storage. The best wine from the war years that is still drinkable is the Château Pétrus 1943 (PN 93p. / 2005).

The growing season in 1943 got off to a rip-roaring start, when the germination phase was already over at the beginning of June. This was followed by a dry, hot summer, which generally ensures excellent weather conditions. The relatively small crop was harvested in perfect weather, thus making for a truly outstanding year. The year turned out even better for the Pomerol and Saint-Émilion regions. Médoc wines are characteristically very tannic, but they all too often lack intensity and nuance. Due to the small production lots, these wines are now extremely hard to come by.

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1943 Following American involvement in the war manufacturers around the US became as efficient at producing war machines as they had been producing other goods with companies like ford and GM managing to change from cars to bombs and aircraft engines and at the same time due to the number of men overseas fighting the war using more women for manufacturing a total of 18 million women were employed. Due to shortages America sees it's first rationing. Italian and German forces surrender in North Africa as the war in Europe starts to turn the Allies way. The Glenn Miller Orchestra provided the most popular music of the time. 


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The best wines of the 1943 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Romanée Conti 96.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
2 La Tâche 94.5 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
3 Oppenheimer Beerenauslese 94.0 Weingut A.Gillot&Söhne Rheinhessen, Germany
4 Château Laville Haut-Brion 94.0 Château Laville Haut-Brion Pessac Leognan, France
5 Château Coutet 93.3 Château Coutet Sauternes, France
6 Château Climens 93.2 Château Climens Bordeaux, France
7 Vintage 93.0 Pommery Champagne, France
8 Pétrus 93.0 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
9 Cheval Blanc 92.3 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France
10 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 92.0 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Bordeaux, France
11 Marqués de Riscal Gran Reserva 92.0 Marqués de Riscal Rioja, Spain
12 Vintage 92.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
13 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Cèdres Rouge 92.0 Paul Jaboulet & Âiné Rhône, France
14 Château Haut-Brion 91.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
15 Barolo Monfortino Riserva 91.0 Giacomo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
16 Rheingau Steinberger Auslese 91.0 Steinberger Rheingau, Germany
17 Borgogno Barolo Riserva 91.0 Borgogno Piedmont, Italy
18 Krug Vintage 91.0 Krug Champagne, France
19 d'Yquem 90.8 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
20 Château Margaux 90.8 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
21 Auslese Naturwein 90.5 Steinberger Rheingau, Germany
22 Château Calon Ségur 90.2 Château Calon-Ségur Bordeaux, France
23 Château Latour 89.9 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
24 La Mission Haut Brion 89.5 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
25 Richebourg 89.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
26 Sec 89.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
27 Marques de Riscal Reserva 89.0 Marqués de Riscal Rioja, Spain
28 Steinberger Cabinet 88.5 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
29 Dom Pérignon 88.4 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
30 Château de Rayne Vigneau 86.0 Château de Rayne Vigneau Bordeaux, France
31 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 85.5 Weingut J. J. Prüm Mosel, Germany
32 Montrachet 85.0 Roland Thenevin Burgundy, France
33 Domaine de Chevalier 84.0 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan, France
34 Château Trottevieille 83.5 Château Trottevieille Bordeaux, France
35 Cabernet Sauvignon 83.0 Inglenook Napa Valley, United States
36 Château Gruaud-Larose 82.0 Château Gruaud-Larose Bordeaux, France
37 Vieux Chateau Certan 79.0 Vieux Château Certan Bordeaux, France
38 Château Guiraud 76.0 Château Guiraud Bordeaux, France
39 Château Caillou 0.0 Château Caillou Barsac, France
40 Latour-à-Pomerol 0.0 Château Latour-à-Pomerol Bordeaux, France
41 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 0.0 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan, France
42 Gevrey-Chambertin 0.0 Roland Thenevin Burgundy, France


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