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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 Richebourg 100.0 Maison Leroy Burgundy, France
2 La Mission Haut Brion 97.6 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
3 Nacional Vintage Port 96.7 Quinta do Noval Douro, Portugal
4 Chambertin 96.7 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
5 Grand Brut 96.0 Perrier-Jouët Champagne, France
6 Trotanoy 96.0 Château Trotanoy Pomerol, France
7 Vintage Champagne 96.0 Bollinger Champagne, France
8 Clos des Goisses L.V. 96.0 Philipponnat Champagne, France
9 Veuve Clicquot Brut 96.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
10 Château Haut-Brion 95.7 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
11 Vintage Port 95.7 Graham's Douro, Portugal
12 Cristal 95.6 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
13 Steinberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 95.5 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
14 Clos de Tart 95.3 Mommessin Burgundy, France
15 Krug Vintage 95.2 Krug Champagne, France
16 Musigny 95.0 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
17 Brunello di Montalcino 95.0 Biondi Santi Tuscany, Italy
18 Barolo 95.0 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo, Italy
19 Barolo Monfortino Riserva 95.0 Giacomo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
20 Volnay 95.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
21 Chateau Lynch-Bages 95.0 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac, France
22 Vosne-Romanée 95.0 Rene Engel Burgundy, France
23 Château Mouton-Rothschild 94.9 Château Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
24 Château Ausone 94.8 Château Ausone Bordeaux, France
25 Romanée Conti 94.7 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
26 Sigalas-Rabaud 94.5 Château Sigalas-Rabaud Bordeaux, France
27 Vintage 94.5 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, France
28 Pol Roger vintage 94.0 Pol Roger Champagne, France
29 Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Cabinet 94.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
30 Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Cabinet 94.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
31 Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Cabinet 94.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
32 Port Vintage 94.0 Cockburn's Douro, Portugal
33 R.D. Bollinger 94.0 Bollinger Champagne, France
34 Barolo 94.0 Giacomo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
35 Château Latour 94.0 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
36 Château Angelus 94.0 Château Angelus Bordeaux, France
37 Dom Pérignon 94.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
38 Cheval Blanc 94.0 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France
39 d'Yquem 93.5 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
40 Montrose 93.5 Château Montrose Bordeaux, France
41 Latour-à-Pomerol 93.5 Château Latour-à-Pomerol Bordeaux, France
42 Vintage 93.5 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
43 Lafite-Rothschild 93.2 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
44 Pétrus 93.0 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
45 Vintage 93.0 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
46 Brut Millésime 93.0 Deutz Champagne, France
47 Niepoort Colheita 93.0 Niepoort Douro, Portugal
48 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 93.0 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan, France
49 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 93.0 Biondi Santi Tuscany, Italy
50 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 93.0 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
51 Clos Vougeot 93.0 Unknown Producer Burgundy, France
52 Château Giscours 93.0 Château Giscours Bordeaux, France
53 Vintage Port 93.0 Dow's Portugal, Portugal
54 Château Canon-La-Gaffelière 93.0 Château Canon-La-Gaffelière St.Emilion, France
55 Grange Hermitage 92.5 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
56 Château Palmer 92.0 Château Palmer Bordeaux, France
57 Château de Rayne Vigneau 92.0 Château de Rayne Vigneau Bordeaux, France
58 Chambertin 92.0 Van der Meulen Burgundy/Bordeaux, Belgium
59 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron 92.0 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Bordeaux, France
60 Salon 92.0 Salon Champagne, France
61 Carruades de Lafite 92.0 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
62 Château Suduiraut 92.0 Château Suduiraut Bordeaux, France
63 Lafleur 91.7 Château Lafleur Bordeaux, France
64 Vieux Chateau Certan 91.5 Vieux Château Certan Bordeaux, France
65 Madeira Sercial 91.5 Blandy's Madeira, Portugal
66 Hermitage La Chapelle 91.2 Paul Jaboulet & Âiné Rhône, France
67 Vintage Port 91.0 Fonseca Portugal, Portugal
68 Château L´Evangile 91.0 Château L´Evangile Pomerol, France
69 Richebourg 91.0 Van der Meulen Burgundy/Bordeaux, Belgium
70 Château Pontet Canet 91.0 Château Pontet Canet Bordeaux, France
71 Château Margaux 90.8 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
72 Montrachet 90.5 Marquis de Laguiche Burgundy, France
73 Clos des Goisses 90.2 Philipponnat Champagne, France
74 Clos De Vougeot 90.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
75 Château Coutet 90.0 Château Coutet Sauternes, France
76 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 90.0 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Bordeaux, France
77 Barolo 90.0 Pio Cesare Barolo, Italy
78 Mazis Chambertin 90.0 Domaine Joseph Faiveley Burgundy, France
79 Borgogno Barolo Riserva 90.0 Borgogno Piedmont, Italy
80 Richebourg 90.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
81 Michael Shiraz 90.0 Wynns Coonawarra Estate South Australia, Australia
82 Brut Impérial 90.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
83 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 90.0 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Bordeaux, France
84 Vintage 89.7 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
85 Léoville-Las Cases 89.4 Château Léoville-Las Cases Saint-Julien, France
86 Château Cantemerle 89.0 Château Cantemerle Bordeaux, France
87 Viña Pomal Reserva Especial 89.0 Bodegas Bilbainas Rioja, Spain
88 Château Lanessan 89.0 Château Lanessan Bordeaux, France
89 Vintage 88.9 Charles Heidsieck Champagne, France
90 Unico 88.5 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
91 Château La Conseillante 88.5 Château La Conseillante Bordeaux, France
92 Vintage Port 88.3 Taylor's Douro, Portugal
93 Millésimé 88.0 Charles Heidsieck Champagne, France
94 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 88.0 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Bordeaux, France
95 Château Guiraud 88.0 Château Guiraud Bordeaux, France
96 Château de Figeac 88.0 Château de Figeac Saint-Emilion, France
97 Vintage 88.0 Ruinart Champagne, France
98 Cordon Rouge vintage 88.0 G.H. Mumm Champagne, France
99 Vosne-Romanée 88.0 Van der Meulen Burgundy/Bordeaux, Belgium
100 Marqués de Riscal Gran Reserva 87.0 Marqués de Riscal Rioja, Spain

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