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Vintage Report

1966 is an outstanding year in Bordeaux for very classic and delicate wines. However, the year started out as anything but promising. The major rainfall that started at the end of June continued into July, but the hot start to August dried the soil and the weather gradually improved toward autumn, until it was nearly perfect for the harvest.

These wines share a truly classic, graceful and high-quality character so typical of Bordeaux wines, thus making them elegant and well balanced. Today many of these are still good. If carefully stored, many of the best wines may still mature, but the following rule of thumb should be observed: drink or sell them off immediately. In our opinion, this is one of the finest vintages that can be purchased today. Nearly all the AOC wines are still in excellent condition, and the top examples, such as the Palmer, Latour, Haut-Brion, Lafleur and Pétrus, are excellent. There is a wide selection of nicely priced First, Second and Third growth wines on the market. For example, the Cos d’Estournel, Calon-Ségur and Lynch-Bages offer an exceptional price-quality ratio. As a rule, a one hour decanting is sufficient.

Price trends for this vintage no longer show any significant upward movement – the increase in price over the past ten years has been around 55%. The rise in price will continue alongside the maturation of top wines perhaps until 2010, when any wines still surviving should be removed from the cellar and sold or drunk immediately. 

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Vintage Report

Port Vintage Report: Exceptional quality. Very sweet wines and rich in tannins, some of them sublime, with large aging capacity. Almost all producers declared production. Normal winter, with some rain, but afterwards the weather became dry between April and September. Grapes with a high sugar level, some of them burned. It only rained slightly at the beginning of the harvest (end of September). Scarce production.

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1966 inflation grew as part of the effect to fund the war in Vietnam continued. Both the US and USSR continued in their space race to see who would be the first to land a man on the moon. Race riots continued to increase across cities in America and National Guards were needed to bring back law and order. The fashions in both America and UK came from a small well known street in London ( Carnaby Street ) part of the swinging London scene , both women and men wore patterned pants and flowered shirts and boots, shoes and even caps utilized the plastic and vinyl History of HiFi and Music Players and Media for a wet shiny look. The most popular groups included The "Beach Boys" with Pet Sounds, The "Rolling Stones" with Under my Thumb and The "Beatles" with Revolver, and Yesterday and Today.

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The best wines of the 1966 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Hill of Grace 97.5 Henschke Eden Valley, Australia
2 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 97.4 E.Guigal Rhône, France
3 Nacional Vintage Port 97.0 Quinta do Noval Douro, Portugal
4 Montrachet 97.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
5 Dom Pérignon P3 97.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
6 Richebourg 96.8 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
7 Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 96.6 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
8 Montrachet 96.5 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
9 Romanée Conti 96.3 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
10 Château Palmer 96.2 Château Palmer Bordeaux, France
11 Clos des Goisses L.V. 96.0 Philipponnat Champagne, France
12 Dom Pérignon Oenothèque Rosé 96.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
13 Boa Vista Vintage Port 96.0 Offley Douro, Portugal
14 Hermitage 96.0 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Rhône, France
15 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 96.0 Château de Beaucastel Rhône, France
16 Château Beychevelle 96.0 Château Beychevelle Bordeaux, France
17 Blanc de Blancs 96.0 Krug Champagne, France
18 Vintage Port 95.8 Quinta do Noval Douro, Portugal
19 Lafleur 95.6 Château Lafleur Bordeaux, France
20 Cuvée Nicolas-François Billecart 95.5 Billecart-Salmon Champagne, France
21 Krug Collection 95.5 Krug Champagne, France
22 Brut Impérial 95.5 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
23 Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche 95.3 Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, France
24 La Romanée 95.3 Bouchard Père & Fils Burgundy, France
25 Clos des Goisses 95.0 Philipponnat Champagne, France
26 La Turque 95.0 E.Guigal Rhône, France
27 Château Musar 95.0 Château Musar Ghazir, Lebanon
28 Blanc de Blancs 95.0 Deutz Champagne, France
29 Château Giscours 95.0 Château Giscours Bordeaux, France
30 Cabernet Sauvignon 95.0 Inglenook Napa Valley, United States
31 Trotanoy 95.0 Château Trotanoy Pomerol, France
32 Château La Fleur-Pétrus 95.0 Château Lafleur-Pétrus Bordeaux, France
33 Musigny 95.0 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
34 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 95.0 Domaine Georges Roumier Burgundy, France
35 Cognac Fins Bois 95.0 Cognac Lhéraud Cognac, France
36 Dom Ruinart 95.0 Ruinart Champagne, France
37 Krug Vintage 94.6 Krug Champagne, France
38 Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 94.5 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley, United States
39 Cristal 94.4 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
40 Dom Pérignon Rosé 94.4 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
41 Hermitage La Chapelle 94.3 Paul Jaboulet & Âiné Rhône, France
42 Richebourg 94.3 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
43 Vintage Port 94.1 Dow's Portugal, Portugal
44 Chambertin Clos de Bèze 94.0 Domaine Joseph Faiveley Burgundy, France
45 Millésimé 94.0 Charles Heidsieck Champagne, France
46 Brut Millésimé 94.0 Heidsieck & Co Monopole Champagne, France
47 Echezeaux 94.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
48 La Grande Dame 94.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
49 Musigny Vieilles Vignes 94.0 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
50 Höllenberg Spätburgunder Weißherbst Eiswein 94.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
51 Chambertin 94.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
52 Colheita Port 94.0 Krohn Douro, Portugal
53 Salon 94.0 Salon Champagne, France
54 Cuvée Florens-Louis 94.0 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, France
55 Vintage Port 94.0 Fonseca Portugal, Portugal
56 Dom Pérignon 93.9 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
57 La Tâche 93.7 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
58 Cheval Blanc 93.6 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France
59 Chapelle-Chambertin 93.6 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
60 Vina Real Gran Reserva 93.5 C.V.N.E /Cune Rioja, Spain
61 Romanee Saint Vivant 93.5 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
62 Vintage Champagne 93.5 Bollinger Champagne, France
63 Château Latour 93.3 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
64 Comtes de Champagne 93.1 Taittinger Champagne, France
65 Vintage Port 93.0 Taylor's Douro, Portugal
66 Richebourg 93.0 Guy Leblanc Burgundy, France
67 Le Montrachet 93.0 Bouchard Père & Fils Burgundy, France
68 Brut Millésime 93.0 Deutz Champagne, France
69 Château La Louvière Rouge 93.0 Château La Louvière Bordeaux, France
70 Fonseca Vintage Port 93.0 Quinta and Vineyard Bottlers Portugal, Portugal
71 Vintage 93.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
72 QoN 93.0 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
73 Vintage Rosé 93.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
74 Grands Echézeaux 93.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
75 Latour-à-Pomerol 93.0 Château Latour-à-Pomerol Bordeaux, France
76 Vintage 93.0 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, France
77 Montrachet 93.0 Marquis de Laguiche Burgundy, France
78 Chateau La Lagune 93.0 Château La Lagune Bordeaux, France
79 Château Laville Haut-Brion 92.9 Château Laville Haut-Brion Pessac Leognan, France
80 Grange Hermitage 92.8 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
81 Chateau Leoville-Barton 92.5 Château Leoville-Barton Bordeaux, France
82 Château La Conseillante 92.5 Château La Conseillante Bordeaux, France
83 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 92.3 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Bordeaux, France
84 d'Yquem 92.3 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
85 Pol Roger vintage 92.3 Pol Roger Champagne, France
86 La Mission Haut Brion 92.2 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
87 Orpale Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru 92.1 Orpale Champagne, France
88 Pétrus 92.1 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
89 Domaine de Chevalier 92.0 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan, France
90 Clos de la Roche 92.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
91 Château Margaux 92.0 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
92 Château Smith Haut Lafitte 92.0 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Bordeaux, France
93 Brunello di Montalcino 92.0 Biondi Santi Tuscany, Italy
94 Château Lanessan 92.0 Château Lanessan Bordeaux, France
95 Montrachet 92.0 Louis Jadot Burgundy, France
96 Château Simone 92.0 Château Simone Aix en Provence, France
97 Château Haut-Brion 92.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
98 Romanée St Vivant Les Quatre Journaux 92.0 Maison Louis Latour Burgundy, France
99 Léoville-Las Cases 91.8 Château Léoville-Las Cases Saint-Julien, France
100 Vintage Port 91.8 Graham's Douro, Portugal

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