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Vintage Report

For many the 1964 vintage conjures up images of a truly unique year. It was that in Burgundy, but not Bordeaux, even though the French minister of agriculture declared it to be the vintage of the century in Bordeaux. He made his declaration before the autumn rains began to fall. The vintage was, at any rate, a very good one, quite reminiscent of the 1962, whose large crops produced excellent wines.

The mild, wet winter was followed by a warm spring. The ideal conditions enjoyed during the germination period stayed dry and hot throughout the summer. The grapes ripened beautifully all the way until 8 October, when three weeks of extremely heavy rains pushed into Bordeaux, causing the greatest damage in Médoc, primarily at Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe. Some of the region’s producers had managed to bring their entire harvests in before the rains. One of these fortunate ones was Château Latour. One of the less fortunate was Château Lynch-Bages, which finally brought its harvest in on 24 October. This vintage, however, favoured the right bank’s Merlot-driven wines, which ripened well before the rains. There are very few drinkable wines at this time. Once again, the Cheval Blanc and Pétrus rise above the other, also in price. An interesting development in 1964 was Mouiex’s acquisition of shares in Pétrus. 

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Vintage Report

Rhône Vintage Report by Jaboulet: The total harvest of the Côtes du Rhône wines is 918,471 Hl. In the northernmost part, the grape harvests began on the 16th. September and finished on the 4th. October. A long, cold winter, a poor Spring. The warm days arrive in June, a very good summer. A good year for the red, supple wines, low in acidity, which will keep well, in good quantity.
For the whites, the Maison Jaboulet is trying a low-temperature fermentation on a clean must for the first time. The results are excellent; the method will be continued in the future.

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Vintage Report by Angelo Gaja: A large crop, one of the largest. Conditions in autumn were perfect. Growers could leave the grapes on the vine to become ripe and harvest went on until mid-November. A long harvest and a large crop in terms of quality. It wasn’t like 1961 but the quality of 1964 was quite good.

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1964 as the war in Vietnam and US Congress Authorizes war against N Vietnam more American servicemen were dying, and after three civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi the president signed the Civil Rights act of 1964 but this did not stop the violence as it continued to increase in many American Cities. Lyndon Johnson was also returned to power after a landslide victory. This was also the year The Beatles took the world and America by storm and Beatlemania went into overdrive as they released a series of number one hits including "I want to hold your hand" , "All my Loving" . Other British groups also found success including The Rolling Stones and The Animals and together with the American Talent of The Supremes and Bob Dylan many say this was one of the greatest years for music in the last century. Also one young loud talented boxer by the name of Cassius Clay won the Boxing World heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston.

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The best wines of the 1964 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Barolo Monfortino Riserva 96.4 Giacomo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
2 Lafleur 96.3 Château Lafleur Bordeaux, France
3 Château La Cabanne 96.0 Château La Cabanne Bordeaux, France
4 Pétrus 95.9 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
5 Unico 95.9 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
6 Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 95.7 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
7 Nacional Vintage Port 95.6 Quinta do Noval Douro, Portugal
8 Vieux Chateau Certan 95.5 Vieux Château Certan Bordeaux, France
9 Chambertin 95.3 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
10 Cheval Blanc 95.0 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France
11 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 95.0 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
12 Dom Ruinart 95.0 Ruinart Champagne, France
13 Richebourg 95.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
14 Chambertin Clos de Bèze 95.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
15 Belle Epoque 95.0 Perrier-Jouët Champagne, France
16 Steinberger Riesling Beerenauslese 95.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
17 Chambertin, Clos de Beze 95.0 Domaine Damoy Burgundy, France
18 Clos de la Bussiere 95.0 Domaine Georges Roumier Burgundy, France
19 Musigny 95.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
20 Dom Pérignon 94.9 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
21 Krug Vintage 94.9 Krug Champagne, France
22 Clos des Goisses 94.6 Philipponnat Champagne, France
23 Millésime 94.3 Henriot Champagne, France
24 Clos-de-la-Roche Vieilles-Vignes 94.3 Domaine Ponsot Burgundy, France
25 Hermitage La Chapelle 94.2 Paul Jaboulet & Âiné Rhône, France
26 Echézeaux 94.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
27 Vosne Romanée 94.0 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
28 Steinberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 94.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
29 Vintage 94.0 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, France
30 Blason de France 94.0 Perrier-Jouët Champagne, France
31 Barbaresco Santo Stefano 94.0 Bruno Giacosa Barolo, Italy
32 Faustino I Gran Reserva 94.0 Bodegas Faustino Rioja, Spain
33 Cuvée Nicolas-François Billecart 94.0 Billecart-Salmon Champagne, France
34 Château Corbin-Michotte 94.0 Château Corbin-Michotte Bordeaux, France
35 Grands Echezeaux 94.0 Charles Noellat Burgundy, France
36 Volnay 1er cru Caillerets 94.0 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Burgundy, France
37 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze 94.0 Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, France
38 La Grande Dame 94.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
39 Cuvée Florens-Louis 94.0 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, France
40 Latour-à-Pomerol 94.0 Château Latour-à-Pomerol Bordeaux, France
41 Brunello di Montalcino 94.0 Biondi Santi Tuscany, Italy
42 Grands Echezeaux 94.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
43 Cristal 93.7 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
44 Romanée Conti 93.6 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
45 La Tâche 93.3 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
46 Vintage Champagne 93.3 Bollinger Champagne, France
47 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 93.3 Biondi Santi Tuscany, Italy
48 Château Latour 93.2 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
49 Château Magdelaine 93.1 Château Magdelaine Bordeaux, France
50 Pol Roger vintage 93.0 Pol Roger Champagne, France
51 Clos de la Roche 93.0 Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, France
52 Cuvée William Deutz 93.0 Deutz Champagne, France
53 Château Haut-Bailly 93.0 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac Leognan, France
54 Tokaji Aszú Essencia 93.0 Hungarovin Hungary, Hungary
55 Château Gazin 93.0 Château Gazin Bordeaux, France
56 Musigny 93.0 Louis Jadot Burgundy, France
57 Barolo Riserva 93.0 Azienda Agricola Giuseppe Mascarello Piedmont, Italy
58 Le Montrachet 93.0 Bouchard Père & Fils Burgundy, France
59 Barolo 93.0 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo, Italy
60 Trotanoy 93.0 Château Trotanoy Pomerol, France
61 Chambertin Clos de Bèze 93.0 Domaine Joseph Faiveley Burgundy, France
62 Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru Clos de Reas Monopole 93.0 Domaine Michel Gros Burgundy, France
63 Barolo Riserva 93.0 Bruno Giacosa Barolo, Italy
64 Charmes-Chambertin 92.8 Dr.Barolet Burgundy, France
65 Vintage 92.8 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
66 Barolo 92.5 Giacomo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
67 Le Gay 92.0 Le Gay Bordeaux, France
68 Vintage Champagne 92.0 AR Lenoble Champagne, France
69 Steinberger Riesling Spätlese 92.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
70 Vouvray Le Clos du Bourg Moelleux 92.0 Domaine Huet Loire, France
71 Borgogno Barolo Riserva 92.0 Borgogno Piedmont, Italy
72 Comtes de Champagne 92.0 Taittinger Champagne, France
73 Nebbiolo 92.0 Giacomo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
74 Steinberger Cabinet 92.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
75 Vina Real Gran Reserva 92.0 C.V.N.E /Cune Rioja, Spain
76 Clos de Tart 92.0 Mommessin Burgundy, France
77 Marques de Riscal Reserva 92.0 Marqués de Riscal Rioja, Spain
78 Vintage 92.0 Ayala Champagne, France
79 Château Climens 92.0 Château Climens Bordeaux, France
80 Château Suduiraut 92.0 Château Suduiraut Bordeaux, France
81 Barbaresco 92.0 Azienda Agricola Giuseppe Mascarello Piedmont, Italy
82 Burmester Colheita 92.0 Burmester Douro, Portugal
83 Château Ausone 91.5 Château Ausone Bordeaux, France
84 Château Haut-Brion 91.1 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
85 Echezeaux 91.1 Calvy Grandcourt Burgundy, France
86 Mercier Vintage Brut 91.0 Mercier Champagne, France
87 Volnay 91.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
88 Barolo 91.0 Pio Cesare Barolo, Italy
89 Vintage 91.0 Taittinger Champagne, France
90 Château L´Evangile 91.0 Château L´Evangile Pomerol, France
91 Colheita Port 91.0 Krohn Douro, Portugal
92 Richebourg 91.0 Domaine Gros Frère et Souer Burgundy, France
93 Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva 91.0 Lopez de Heredia Rioja, Spain
94 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 91.0 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Bordeaux, France
95 Imperial Gran Reserva 91.0 C.V.N.E /Cune Rioja, Spain
96 Pavie 90.7 Château Pavie Bordeaux, France
97 Salon 90.4 Salon Champagne, France
98 Vintage 90.3 Billecart-Salmon Champagne, France
99 Meursault 90.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
100 Royale Réserve Vintage 90.0 Philipponnat Champagne, France

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