Vintage Report

Bordeaux Vintage Report by Tb / Although 1962 was also a fabulous year, it fell irretrievably into the shadow of 1961. The cold winter, with its biting frosts, ensured that the vines would get a much-needed rest after their hard work in 1961. The growing season started three weeks late. When the vines finally germinated in mid-June, the weather improved. Toward autumn, the weather warmed up measurably, with the resulting dryness eventually having a negative impact on the vines. The few abundant harvests of September came just in time to rescue the grapes from withering on the vine. The harvest, which brought in the largest crop of the 1950s and 1960s, did not begin until 1 October. Few believed that the vintage would be as good as it became. An excellent vintage for dry whites, reds and Sauternes. Where Sauternes are concerned, the 1962 was a considerably better year than the 1961. The best reds were the Cheval Blanc, Pétrus and Mouton-Rothschild. A common characteristic of the finest 1962 wines today is their serene, balanced aspect. Only a few show any real body and complexity, but they work well especially as dinner wines, also due to their excellent availability and affordable price. Even the finest wines should not be decanted for more than an hour.

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Vintage Report by Richard Geoffroy, Dom Pérignon /After an extended winter, the spring of 1962 was hit hard by storms and hail. The early summer was cold, and flowering was late and lingering. Fine weather in September continued well into the harvest, which did not begin until October 4th.


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1962 the cars continued to evolve as more compacts appeared and sold well in the US. The Cold War continued to worsen when the Russians placed Ballistic Missiles on Cuban land just 90 miles away from the coast of Florida in and JFK called the bluff by threatening war unless they were removed which they were but for a short time the world was on the brink of nuclear war and self destruction. The president then set a goal of landing a man on the moon before the end of the decade and became more involved in politics in Southeast Asia by training South Vietnamese pilots. Folk music was evolving into protest music thanks to young artists like Bob Dylan and the birth of Surfing music by the beach boys grew in popularity meanwhile in England the Beatles record the single "Love Me Do". The new hit on TV for that year was "The Beverly Hillbillies" and the first of the James Bond movies "Dr No" was an instant success, some of the other movies released included "Spartacus" and "El Cid".


Popular Culture

  • Beatles Turned Down By Decca Records
  • Release of first Beatles recording: the single "Love Me Do"
  • Andy Warhol's famous painting of a can of soup
  • Beverly Hill Billies is on TV
  • The Dick Van Dyke show on TV
  • Johnny Carson begins as presenter for The Tonight Show


Popular Films

  • West Side Story
  • Spartacus
  • El Cid
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Dr No


Popular Singers

  • The Beatles
  • Bob Dylan
  • Chubby Checker
  • Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  • Neil Sedaka
  • Roy Orbison
  • Shirley Bassey
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The best wines of the 1962 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 La Tâche 99.1 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
2 Romanée Conti 97.5 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
3 Richebourg 97.3 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
4 Musigny 97.3 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
5 Musigny Vieilles Vignes 97.0 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
6 Chevalier-Montrachet 97.0 Domaine Leflaive Burgundy, France
7 Krug Collection 97.0 Krug Champagne, France
8 Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 96.5 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
9 Penfolds Bin 60A Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 96.4 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
10 Unico 96.3 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
11 Grange Hermitage 96.3 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
12 Nacional Vintage Port 96.2 Quinta do Noval Douro, Portugal
13 Hill of Grace 96.0 Henschke Eden Valley, Australia
14 Charmes-Chambertin 96.0 Louis Jadot Burgundy, France
15 Musigny 96.0 Domaine Georges Roumier Burgundy, France
16 Latour-à-Pomerol 96.0 Château Latour-à-Pomerol Bordeaux, France
17 Hermitage La Chapelle 96.0 Paul Jaboulet & Âiné Rhône, France
18 Private Cuvée 96.0 Krug Champagne, France
19 Dom Pérignon Rosé 96.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
20 Vintage 96.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
21 La Grande Dame 96.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
22 Chambertin 96.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
23 Musigny 95.5 Louis Jadot Burgundy, France
24 Cristal 95.2 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
25 Dom Pérignon 95.1 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
26 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 95.0 Domaine Georges Roumier Burgundy, France
27 Barolo Monfortino Riserva 95.0 Giacomo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
28 Chambertin Clos de Bèze 95.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
29 Vintage 95.0 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
30 Château Léoville Poyferré 95.0 Château Léoville Poyferré Bordeaux, France
31 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask F-3 95.0 Inglenook Napa Valley, United States
32 Vintage 94.5 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
33 Niepoort Colheita 94.5 Niepoort Douro, Portugal
34 Krug Vintage 94.5 Krug Champagne, France
35 La Romanée 94.4 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
36 Essencia 94.0 Royal Tokaji Wine Company Tokay, Hungary
37 Richebourg 94.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
38 Romanee Saint Vivant 94.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
39 Grand Blanc vintage 94.0 Philipponnat Champagne, France
40 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 94.0 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
41 Musigny 94.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
42 Vintage Port 94.0 Graham's Douro, Portugal
43 Aurry-Duresses, Cuvee Boillot, Hospices de Beaune 94.0 Henri Boillot Burgundy, France
44 d'Yquem 93.6 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
45 Pétrus 93.0 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
46 Grands Echezeaux 93.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
47 Montrose 93.0 Château Montrose Bordeaux, France
48 Château Latour 93.0 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
49 Château Palmer 93.0 Château Palmer Bordeaux, France
50 Domaine de Chevalier 93.0 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan, France
51 Château Margaux 92.9 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
52 La Mission Haut Brion 92.7 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
53 Vina Real Gran Reserva 92.5 C.V.N.E /Cune Rioja, Spain
54 Château Caillou 92.5 Château Caillou Barsac, France
55 Château L´Evangile 92.3 Château L´Evangile Pomerol, France
56 Château Haut-Brion Blanc 92.3 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
57 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 92.0 Charles Krug Winery Napa valley, United States
58 Steinberg 92.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
59 Mount Edelstone 92.0 Henschke Eden Valley, Australia
60 Léoville-Las Cases 92.0 Château Léoville-Las Cases Saint-Julien, France
61 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 92.0 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Bordeaux, France
62 Chevalier-Montrachet 92.0 Domaine Ramonet Burgundy, France
63 Lafleur 91.9 Château Lafleur Bordeaux, France
64 "Y" 91.8 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
65 Vintage 91.5 Champagne Dreyer Champagne, France
66 Cheval Blanc 91.5 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France
67 Château Brane-Cantenac 91.5 Château Brane-Cantenac Bordeaux, France
68 Imperial Gran Reserva 91.5 C.V.N.E /Cune Rioja, Spain
69 Marques de Riscal Reserva 91.0 Marqués de Riscal Rioja, Spain
70 Echézeaux 91.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
71 Château Haut-Brion 91.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
72 Millésimé 91.0 Laurent-Perrier Champagne, France
73 Château Mouton-Rothschild 90.9 Château Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
74 Lafite-Rothschild 90.5 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
75 Château Guiraud 90.0 Château Guiraud Bordeaux, France
76 Château de Rayne Vigneau 90.0 Château de Rayne Vigneau Bordeaux, France
77 Château Du Mayne 90.0 Cruse & Fils Frères Bordaux, France
78 Blanc de Blancs 90.0 Laurent-Perrier Champagne, France
79 Castillo Ygay Blanco 90.0 Bodegas Marques de Murrieta Rioja, Spain
80 Château Calon Ségur 90.0 Château Calon-Ségur Bordeaux, France
81 Blanc de Blancs 90.0 Deutz Champagne, France
82 Château Gruaud-Larose 89.5 Château Gruaud-Larose Bordeaux, France
83 Clos René 89.0 Château Clos René Bordeaux, France
84 L'Eglise-Clinet 88.0 Château L'Eglise-Clinet Bordeaux, France
85 Laurent-Perrier Brut Millésimé 88.0 Laurent-Perrier Champagne, France
86 Château La Conseillante 88.0 Château La Conseillante Bordeaux, France
87 Valbuena 3° 88.0 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
88 Château Coutet 88.0 Château Coutet Sauternes, France
89 Château du Mayne 87.5 Château du Mayne Graves, France
90 Château Carbonnieux Blanc 87.2 Château Carbonnieux Graves, France
91 Château Smith Haut Lafitte 87.0 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Bordeaux, France
92 Volnay 87.0 Domaine Michel Lafarge Burgundy, France
93 Château Bellevue 87.0 Château Bellevue Bordeaux, France
94 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva 87.0 Bodegas Marques de Murrieta Rioja, Spain
95 Château Cantenac-Brown 87.0 Château Cantenac-Brown Bordeaux, France
96 Chateau Lynch-Bages 87.0 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac, France
97 Barolo 86.5 Pio Cesare Barolo, Italy
98 Château Phelan-Segur 86.0 Château Phelan-Segur Bordeaux, France
99 Hermitage 86.0 Paul Etienne Rhône, France
100 Chateau La Lagune 86.0 Château La Lagune Bordeaux, France


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