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Bordeaux Vintage Report by Château Margaux: 1953 is one of the greatest vintages of Château Margaux; it expresses, in any case, in a particularly perfect way, the genius of its terroir. The wine displays both an incomparable level of finesse and subtlety and a richness which enables it to remain today incredibly fresh. The bouquet of this wine approaches perfection. The nose of undergrowth mingles with aromas of flowers, red berry fruit and leather, in an overall impression of extraordinary and moving delicacy. On the palate, we sense a measured, restrained power, which has developed over the years, to give a supreme form of smoothness and tenderness. The finish is starting to dry out slightly. Maybe we should think about drinking this magnificent wine... (May 2010)

Weather
The fantastic month of August, really very hot and dry, decided the privileged fate of this vintage. September was normal, and it rained a little during the harvest, but it was too late to affect the quality of the grapes, which were already ripe and concentrated. (The picking began 26th September)

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Vintage Report

The 1953 become the first top vintage of the 1950s. The year ended up to be an excellent one, even though the heavy rains of September threatened to destroy a good year. The hot, dry summer was crowned by a perfect August. The mercury rose above 30°C on more than half of the days in August. Fortunately, the rains that came in mid-September made way for ideal harvest conditions at the beginning of October. The finest wines of this vintage are united by their elegance, delicacy and temperance. They should ideally be decanted for two hours before drinking. The vintage received praise particularly in Médoc, which produced the best wines of the entire vintage. One of the most highly renowned of these is the Château Lafite-Rothschild. Many consider it to be best Lafite-Rothschild of the entire 20th century. Although Graves and Sauternes also produced some top wines, Pomerol and Saint-Émilion today offer so many outstanding creatures, with the crème de la crème being the Cheval Blanc and Lafleur.

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Rhône Vintage Report by Jaboulet: The total harvest of the Côtes du Rhône wines is 362,691 Hl.
In the northern most part, the grape harvests began on the 21st. September and finished on the 8th. October.
It is a very good vintage, produced from a rather small crop.
 

The rare bottles of HERMITAGE “La Chapelle” that can still be found, give a wine which is ready to drink and of great class, with notes of humus and truffle; a real delight to accompany a woodcock.

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1953 saw the growth of the buy now pay later mentality with car makers leading the way by allowing longer and longer periods to pay for your new car. Queen Elizabeth II crowned queen of England. The unions gained strength with more and more workers belonging to unions, with wage and price controls ended and unemployment at 2.9% the increases in standard of living continued to grow and appear to have no boundaries. A teachers average salary was $4,254 and a pound of round steak was 90 cents. The first color television sets appear selling for $1,175, and transistor radios start to appear for sale. 
 

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The best wines of the 1953 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Kiedricher Gräfenberg 98.0 Weingut Robert Weil Rheingau, Germany
2 Lafite-Rothschild 98.0 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
3 Grange Hermitage 97.8 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
4 Randersackerer Hohbug Silvaner Tba 97.0 Weingut Bürgerspital zum Heiligen Geist Würzburger Stein, Germany
5 Salon 96.7 Salon Champagne, France
6 Château Haut-Brion 96.3 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
7 Cristal 96.2 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
8 Château Margaux 96.2 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
9 Richebourg 96.0 Patriarche Père & Fils France, France
10 Steinberger Riesling Auslese 96.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
11 Millésime Vinothéque 96.0 Diebolt-Vallois Champagne, France
12 Montrose 95.5 Château Montrose Bordeaux, France
13 Pierre Ponnelle Bonnes Mares 95.5 Pierre Ponnelle Burgundy, France
14 La Mission Haut Brion 95.5 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
15 Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 95.5 Weingut Schloss Johannisberg Rheingau, Germany
16 Clos des Goisses 95.5 Philipponnat Champagne, France
17 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 95.4 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
18 Château Gruaud-Larose 95.2 Château Gruaud-Larose Bordeaux, France
19 Clos des Goisses L.V. 95.0 Philipponnat Champagne, France
20 Romanée Conti 95.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
21 Marcobrunn Riesling Beerenauslese 95.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
22 Vieux Chateau Certan 95.0 Vieux Château Certan Bordeaux, France
23 Château Palmer 95.0 Château Palmer Bordeaux, France
24 Steinberger Riesling Spätlese 95.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
25 Krug Vintage 95.0 Krug Champagne, France
26 Vintage 95.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
27 La Romanée 94.7 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
28 Vintage 94.5 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, France
29 Pétrus 94.4 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
30 Cheval Blanc 94.3 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France
31 Hattenheimer Nußbrunnen Riesling TBA 94.0 Weingut Freiherr Langwerth Von Simmern Rheingau, Germany
32 Steinberger Cabinet 94.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
33 Romanée St Vivant Les Quatre Journaux 94.0 Maison Louis Latour Burgundy, France
34 Vintage 94.0 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
35 Château Mouton-Rothschild 94.0 Château Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
36 Krug Collection 94.0 Krug Champagne, France
37 La Tâche 94.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
38 R.D. Bollinger 94.0 Bollinger Champagne, France
39 Château Ausone 94.0 Château Ausone Bordeaux, France
40 Steinberg 94.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
41 Vintage Champagne 94.0 Bollinger Champagne, France
42 Château Cos d'Estournel 93.6 Château Cos d'Estournel Bordeaux, France
43 Comtes de Champagne 93.4 Taittinger Champagne, France
44 Château Canon 93.0 Château Canon St. Emilion, France
45 Hermitage La Chapelle 93.0 Paul Jaboulet & Âiné Rhône, France
46 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste 93.0 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Bordeaux, France
47 Chambertin 93.0 Domaine Camille Giroud Burgundy, France
48 Puligny-Montrachet Pucelles 93.0 Domaine Leflaive Burgundy, France
49 Latour-à-Pomerol 92.3 Château Latour-à-Pomerol Bordeaux, France
50 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 92.1 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Bordeaux, France
51 Abel Leptire vintage 92.0 Abel Lepitre Champagne, France
52 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 92.0 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Bordeaux, France
53 Echézeaux 92.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
54 Château Doisy-Daene 92.0 Château Doisy-Daëne Bordeaux, France
55 Château Calon Ségur 91.4 Château Calon-Ségur Bordeaux, France
56 Würzburger Stein Traminer Spätlese 91.0 Weingut Bürgerspital zum Heiligen Geist Würzburger Stein, Germany
57 Vintage 91.0 Pommery Champagne, France
58 Château Latour 91.0 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
59 d'Yquem 90.9 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
60 Château Carbonnieux Blanc 90.4 Château Carbonnieux Graves, France
61 Unico 90.0 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
62 Lafleur 90.0 Château Lafleur Bordeaux, France
63 Château Angelus 90.0 Château Angelus Bordeaux, France
64 Château Coutet 90.0 Château Coutet Sauternes, France
65 Brut Impérial 90.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
66 Imperial Gran Reserva 90.0 C.V.N.E /Cune Rioja, Spain
67 Domaine de Chevalier 90.0 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan, France
68 Romanée St. Vivant 89.0 Maison Louis Latour Burgundy, France
69 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 89.0 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan, France
70 Brut Royal 89.0 Pommery Champagne, France
71 Château Guiraud 88.0 Château Guiraud Bordeaux, France
72 Sigalas-Rabaud 88.0 Château Sigalas-Rabaud Bordeaux, France
73 Bâtard-Montrachet 86.5 Maison Louis Latour Burgundy, France
74 Château Gilette 86.0 Château Gilette Bordeaux, France
75 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 86.0 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Bordeaux, France
76 Clos des Papes 85.0 Paul Avril Rhône, France
77 Château Nenin 83.5 Château Nenin Bordeaux, France
78 Beaujolais Supérieur 81.0 Bouchard Père & Fils Burgundy, France
79 Chambertin 0.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
80 Musigny 0.0 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
81 Barolo Monfortino Riserva 0.0 Giacomo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
82 Vintage Port 0.0 Warre's Douro, Portugal
83 Vintage Port 0.0 Fonseca Portugal, Portugal
84 Chambolle Musigny 0.0 Chevillot Burgundy, France
85 Dom Pérignon 0.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France

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