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Vintage Report

In France the 1955 began with unstable weather conditions just before summer, but turned into an extremely favourable season by the end of the year. A beautiful, sunny and warm—if not hot—period prevailed throughout August and September, until the just the right amount of much-needed rain came along. The crop turned out to be of the highest quality. However, because the vintage was overshadowed by the 1953, it offering wines with a good price-quality ratio that can still be enjoyed today. Ripe grapes and autumn rain guaranteed an excellent year for Sauternes wines. The wines of this vintage vary widely in quality, and many are dominated by tannins. Only the finest wines, such as the Lafleur, Cheval Blanc and Mouton-Rothschild, offer balance and richness. 

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1955 consumerism takes off in a big way with the sale of some 7.9 million cars in the US with 7 out of 10 families now owning a motor car, and new laws were put in place requiring seat belts to be installed on all new cars. The average wages were now $3,851 per year, and the minimum wage was raised to $1.00 per hour. The first McDonalds was erected in 1955 and more fast foods and TV dinners are appearing including fish fingers. The first cans of Coca-Cola are sold up till then it had only been sold in bottles. Rock and Roll music continues to grow in popularity with more idols including Elvis Presley , Bill Haley and the Comets, Chuck Berry and The Platters, and young men's fashion matches the times with pink shirts and charcoal grey suits.

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The best wines of the 1955 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 La Mission Haut Brion 97.7 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
2 Nacional Vintage Port 96.7 Quinta do Noval Douro, Portugal
3 Grand Brut 96.0 Perrier-Jouët Champagne, France
4 Vintage Champagne 96.0 Bollinger Champagne, France
5 Clos des Goisses L.V. 96.0 Philipponnat Champagne, France
6 Trotanoy 96.0 Château Trotanoy Pomerol, France
7 Château Haut-Brion 95.7 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
8 Vintage Port 95.7 Graham's Douro, Portugal
9 Cristal 95.6 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
10 Steinberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 95.5 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
11 Clos de Tart 95.3 Mommessin Burgundy, France
12 Krug Vintage 95.3 Krug Champagne, France
13 Brunello di Montalcino 95.0 Biondi Santi Tuscany, Italy
14 Volnay 95.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
15 Barolo Monfortino Riserva 95.0 Giacomo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
16 Chateau Lynch-Bages 95.0 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac, France
17 Musigny 95.0 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
18 Chambertin 95.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
19 Barolo 95.0 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo, Italy
20 Vosne-Romanée 95.0 Rene Engel Burgundy, France
21 Château Mouton-Rothschild 94.9 Château Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
22 Château Ausone 94.8 Château Ausone Bordeaux, France
23 Romanée Conti 94.7 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
24 Sigalas-Rabaud 94.5 Château Sigalas-Rabaud Bordeaux, France
25 Vintage 94.5 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, France
26 Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Cabinet 94.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
27 R.D. Bollinger 94.0 Bollinger Champagne, France
28 Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Cabinet 94.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
29 Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Cabinet 94.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
30 Château Latour 94.0 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
31 Port Vintage 94.0 Cockburn's Douro, Portugal
32 Barolo 94.0 Giacomo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
33 Château Angelus 94.0 Château Angelus Bordeaux, France
34 Pol Roger vintage 94.0 Pol Roger Champagne, France
35 Dom Pérignon 94.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
36 Cheval Blanc 94.0 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France
37 Latour-à-Pomerol 93.5 Château Latour-à-Pomerol Bordeaux, France
38 d'Yquem 93.5 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
39 Vintage 93.5 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
40 Montrose 93.5 Château Montrose Bordeaux, France
41 Lafite-Rothschild 93.2 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
42 Pétrus 93.0 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
43 Vintage 93.0 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
44 Vintage Port 93.0 Dow's Portugal, Portugal
45 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 93.0 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
46 Château Canon-La-Gaffelière 93.0 Château Canon-La-Gaffelière St.Emilion, France
47 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 93.0 Biondi Santi Tuscany, Italy
48 Brut Millésime 93.0 Deutz Champagne, France
49 Clos Vougeot 93.0 Unknown Producer Burgundy, France
50 Niepoort Colheita 93.0 Niepoort Douro, Portugal
51 Château Giscours 93.0 Château Giscours Bordeaux, France
52 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 93.0 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan, France
53 Grange Hermitage 92.5 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
54 Château Palmer 92.0 Château Palmer Bordeaux, France
55 Château Suduiraut 92.0 Château Suduiraut Bordeaux, France
56 Salon 92.0 Salon Champagne, France
57 Chambertin 92.0 Van der Meulen Burgundy/Bordeaux, Belgium
58 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron 92.0 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Bordeaux, France
59 Carruades de Lafite 92.0 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
60 Château de Rayne Vigneau 92.0 Château de Rayne Vigneau Bordeaux, France
61 Lafleur 91.7 Château Lafleur Bordeaux, France
62 Vieux Chateau Certan 91.5 Vieux Château Certan Bordeaux, France
63 Madeira Sercial 91.5 Blandy's Madeira, Portugal
64 Hermitage La Chapelle 91.2 Paul Jaboulet & Âiné Rhône, France
65 Richebourg 91.0 Van der Meulen Burgundy/Bordeaux, Belgium
66 Château L´Evangile 91.0 Château L´Evangile Pomerol, France
67 Vintage Port 91.0 Fonseca Portugal, Portugal
68 Château Pontet Canet 91.0 Château Pontet Canet Bordeaux, France
69 Château Margaux 90.8 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
70 Montrachet 90.5 Marquis de Laguiche Burgundy, France
71 Vintage 90.5 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
72 Clos des Goisses 90.2 Philipponnat Champagne, France
73 Richebourg 90.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
74 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 90.0 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Bordeaux, France
75 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 90.0 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Bordeaux, France
76 Barolo 90.0 Pio Cesare Barolo, Italy
77 Borgogno Barolo Riserva 90.0 Borgogno Piedmont, Italy
78 Brut Impérial 90.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
79 Château Coutet 90.0 Château Coutet Sauternes, France
80 Mazis Chambertin 90.0 Domaine Joseph Faiveley Burgundy, France
81 Clos De Vougeot 90.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
82 Michael Shiraz 90.0 Wynns Coonawarra Estate South Australia, Australia
83 Léoville-Las Cases 89.5 Château Léoville-Las Cases Saint-Julien, France
84 Château Cantemerle 89.0 Château Cantemerle Bordeaux, France
85 Viña Pomal Reserva Especial 89.0 Bodegas Bilbainas Rioja, Spain
86 Château Lanessan 89.0 Château Lanessan Bordeaux, France
87 Vintage 88.9 Charles Heidsieck Champagne, France
88 Château La Conseillante 88.5 Château La Conseillante Bordeaux, France
89 Vintage Port 88.3 Taylor's Douro, Portugal
90 Unico 88.1 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
91 Château Guiraud 88.0 Château Guiraud Bordeaux, France
92 Cordon Rouge vintage 88.0 G.H. Mumm Champagne, France
93 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 88.0 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Bordeaux, France
94 Vintage 88.0 Ruinart Champagne, France
95 Millésimé 88.0 Charles Heidsieck Champagne, France
96 Château de Figeac 88.0 Château de Figeac Saint-Emilion, France
97 Vosne-Romanée 88.0 Van der Meulen Burgundy/Bordeaux, Belgium
98 Marqués de Riscal Gran Reserva 87.0 Marqués de Riscal Rioja, Spain
99 Château Troplong-Mondot 86.5 Château Troplong-Mondot Bordeaux, France
100 Château Durfort-Vivens 86.0 Château Durfort-Vivens Bordeaux, France

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