Vintage Report

Upon closer examination of the decade, attention must also be drawn to the Bordeaux 1950 vintage, which offered quantity more than quality - indeed, with welcome exceptions. Due to the relatively rainy summer, expectations for the year were not very high, but the change in weather by the end of the year made it a good one, and in some areas even excellent. The wines lacked the ample and balanced character of the previous year. They were instead noted for their highly tannic quality. But the wines have matured with surprising grace. Many of the wines have become more harmonious as the tannins have faded.

Two vintage gems are the Cheval Blanc and Pétrus. On the other hand, the Graves La-Mission-Haut-Brion is an outstanding wine. Although the finest wines are at the peak of their drinkability right now, they will remain there for years to come. Due to the large crop and the very modest reputation of the vintage, these wines can be found at very affordable prices.

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Vintage Report

St-Emilion by Château Cheval Blanc: 1950 is a superb vintage, combining quantity and quality. It has been somewhat overlooked because of the reputation of the three previous years: 1947-1948-1949. The wine is very complete and rich.


The fine weather in 1950 was conducive to good vegetative growth, especially during bud burst. There was also sufficient water stress to produce good fruit. That is because grapes need to gradually experience a water deficit to achieve optimum concentration.


The fine weather this year was ideal for the vine growth. Flowering took place under perfect conditions and yields amounted to 56.4 hectolitres per hectare. The harvest began on the 18th of September and finished on the 6th of October.

Fermentation was kept under control, even if by somewhat archaic methods – there was not even an electric pump at the time. After this harvest, former owners Jacques and Joseph Fourcaud-Laussac built a 3rd cellar with rubble stone.  The lack of space (necessitating the constant moving around of barrels) forced cellarmaster Gaston Vaissière to be very imaginative....
The wine had 13° alcohol.


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1950 was the start of the fast changes that would be seen in the next 2 decades , the great depression was becoming a faint memory and families were moving out to the suburbs, kids watched howdy doody on 12 inch black and white TV sets and spent Saturday afternoons watching cartoons at Cinema matinees , times were gentler with little violence and the consumer revolution was about to start in a big way, and the man of the household became the sole breadwinner. The median family income was $3,300 a year and milk was still delivered to the doorstep.

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The best wines of the 1950 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Cognac Grande Champagne 98.0 Cognac Lhéraud Cognac, France
2 Latour-à-Pomerol 96.7 Château Latour-à-Pomerol Bordeaux, France
3 Chambertin 96.7 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
4 Lafleur 96.6 Château Lafleur Bordeaux, France
5 Chapelle Ausone 96.5 Château Ausone Bordeaux, France
6 Nacional Vintage Port 96.5 Quinta do Noval Douro, Portugal
7 Clos de Tart 96.5 Mommessin Burgundy, France
8 Vieux Chateau Certan 96.3 Vieux Château Certan Bordeaux, France
9 Château La Tour Blance 95.5 Château La Tour Blance Sauternes, France
10 L'Eglise-Clinet 95.5 Château L'Eglise-Clinet Bordeaux, France
11 Pétrus 95.0 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
12 Château Suduiraut 95.0 Château Suduiraut Bordeaux, France
13 Port Vintage 95.0 Cockburn's Douro, Portugal
14 Unico 95.0 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
15 Marques de Riscal Reserva 95.0 Marqués de Riscal Rioja, Spain
16 Château Canon-La-Gaffelière 94.7 Château Canon-La-Gaffelière St.Emilion, France
17 Romanée Conti 94.5 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
18 Trotanoy 94.0 Château Trotanoy Pomerol, France
19 Château Troplong-Mondot 94.0 Château Troplong-Mondot Bordeaux, France
20 Pavie 94.0 Château Pavie Bordeaux, France
21 Cheval Blanc 93.9 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France
22 La Tâche 93.5 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
23 Château Belair 93.5 Château Belair Saint-Emilion, France
24 La Mission Haut Brion 93.2 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
25 Château L´Evangile 93.0 Château L´Evangile Pomerol, France
26 Richebourg 93.0 Louis Jadot Burgundy, France
27 Château Clinet 93.0 Château Clinet Bordeaux, France
28 Richebourg 93.0 Patriarche Père & Fils France, France
29 Château Haut-Brion 92.5 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
30 d'Yquem 92.1 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
31 Richebourg 92.0 Van der Meulen Burgundy/Bordeaux, Belgium
32 Madeira Sercial 92.0 Blandy's Madeira, Portugal
33 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 92.0 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Bordeaux, France
34 Château La Fleur-Pétrus 91.8 Château Lafleur-Pétrus Bordeaux, France
35 Château Gruaud-Larose 91.7 Château Gruaud-Larose Bordeaux, France
36 Château Latour 91.2 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
37 Château Ausone 90.8 Château Ausone Bordeaux, France
38 Niepoort Garrafeira 90.0 Niepoort Douro, Portugal
39 Château de Rayne Vigneau 90.0 Château de Rayne Vigneau Bordeaux, France
40 Charmes-Chambertin 89.5 Domaine Bourgeot Burgundy, France
41 Imperial Gran Reserva 89.0 C.V.N.E /Cune Rioja, Spain
42 Château Palmer 89.0 Château Palmer Bordeaux, France
43 Sercial Madeira 89.0 Leacock's Madeira, Portugal
44 Château Mouton-Rothschild 88.8 Château Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
45 Léoville-Las Cases 88.2 Château Léoville-Las Cases Saint-Julien, France
46 Lafite-Rothschild 88.0 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
47 Glorioso Crianza 86.0 Bodegas Palacio Rioja, Spain
48 Rüdesheimer Wüst 84.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
49 Boa Vista Vintage Port 84.0 Offley Douro, Portugal
50 Rüdesheimer Wüst 84.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
51 Rüdesheimer Wüst 84.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
52 Cristal 0.0 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
53 Millésime 0.0 J. Dumangin Fils Champagne, France
54 Château Cos d'Estournel 0.0 Château Cos d'Estournel Bordeaux, France
55 Szamorodni 0.0 Tokaji Szamorodni Tokay, Hungary


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