Vintage Report

Due to weather conditions and ageing vines, Bordeaux produced fine, concentrated wines in 1952, 1953 and 1955. 1955 was an historic year, as it marked the beginning of a new era for Bordeaux. The reason for this paradigm shift was the shock delivered by a -20°C cold snap in Bordeaux in February of 1956 which killed off a wide swath of vines. Saint-Émilion and Pomerol were hit hardest. Areas least affected by the killing frost still had to deal with a delayed growing season and a cold, rainy summer. Any hopes of having even a mediocre year were lost. 

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1956 the increase in living standards and the focus on education helped to fuel the increase in college education with 1 in 3 high school graduates now going off to college. TV shows included "As The World Turns" and "The Price is Right". Mothers could now buy disposable diapers and tefal non stick Frying Pans. Elvis Presley appears on the Ed Sullivan show and enters the music charts for the first time, with "Heartbreak Hotel". 

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The best wines of the 1956 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Clos des Goisses 93.0 Philipponnat Champagne, France
2 Château Musar 90.0 Château Musar Ghazir, Lebanon
3 d'Yquem 87.5 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
4 Château Haut-Brion 87.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
5 Salon 87.0 Salon Champagne, France
6 Grands Echézeaux 86.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
7 Château Latour 85.0 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
8 Vina Undurraga CS 83.5 Vina Undurraga Malpo Valley, Chile
9 Château Mouton-Rothschild 83.3 Château Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
10 Grange Hermitage 83.0 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
11 Montrose 78.0 Château Montrose Bordeaux, France
12 Comtes de Champagne 0.0 Taittinger Champagne, France
13 Fût de Chêne 0.0 Henri Giraud Champagne, France
14 Montrachet 0.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France


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