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Vintage Report

1968 was a good year for Italian heavyweight wines such as Barolo and Brunello. Whilst Bordeaux suffered from a poor vintage, 1968 marked somewhat of a renaissance for Italian wines particularly those from Tuscany and Piedmont. 1968 was the vintage that Sassicaia was first offered on the open market. 
 

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Vintage Report

Poor weather in Bordeaux throughout the growing and harvest seasons led to a small, low quality, vintage. Most of the 1968 wine produced was consumed within a few years of the vintage and very few examples exist today. Those that still exist are well into decline and are unlikely to be of good drinking.

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1968 In both Europe and America Japanese imported cars and other goods were continuing to rise and trouble the governments of UK and USA as they worried about industries in their own countries being effected and jobs lost. In the spring of 1968 on 4th April The Rev Martin Luther King was assassinated and Robert Kennedy was mortally wounded when he is shot by Sirhan Sirhan. The peace movement had continued to grow and more and more Americans were against the war in Vietnam, and once again more riots occurred throughout cities in America. The music scene was once again set by the "Beatles" and the "Rolling Stones" , and fashion flirted with see through blouses and midis and maxis skirts joined the Mini Skirt as part of the fashion trends. There is a Flu Pandemic in Hong Kong and the first Black power salute is seen on Television worldwide during an Olympics medal ceremony

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The best wines of the 1968 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 96.3 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley, United States
2 Unico 95.6 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
3 Beaulieu Georges de Latour Private Reserve 93.5 Beaulieu Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
4 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva 93.0 Bodegas Marques de Murrieta Rioja, Spain
5 Bual 93.0 Blandy's Madeira, Portugal
6 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 92.0 Col d'Orcia Tuscany, Italy
7 904 Gran Reserva 92.0 La Rioja Alta Rioja, Spain
8 Imperial Reserva 92.0 C.V.N.E /Cune Rioja, Spain
9 Prado Enea 92.0 Bodegas Muga Rioja, Spain
10 Sassicaia 91.7 Tenuta San Guido Tuscany, Italy
11 Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva 91.7 Lopez de Heredia Rioja, Spain
12 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 91.2 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
13 Château Palmer 90.5 Château Palmer Bordeaux, France
14 Pétrus 90.0 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
15 Barolo 89.7 Cantine Mascarello Piedmont, Italy
16 d'Yquem 89.5 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
17 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 89.0 Biondi Santi Tuscany, Italy
18 Château Latour 89.0 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
19 Barbaresco 89.0 Fontanafredda Piedmont, Italy
20 Imperial Gran Reserva 89.0 C.V.N.E /Cune Rioja, Spain
21 Cabernet Sauvignon 87.5 Louis M. Martini Napa Valley, United States
22 La Mission Haut Brion 87.0 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
23 Grange Hermitage 86.6 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
24 Sorí San Lorenzo 86.5 Angelo Gaja Barbaresco, Italy
25 Brunello di Montalcino 86.0 Biondi Santi Tuscany, Italy
26 Château Haut-Brion 85.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
27 Barolo 85.0 Fontanafredda Piedmont, Italy
28 Borgogno Barolo Riserva 83.0 Borgogno Piedmont, Italy
29 Château Mouton-Rothschild 83.0 Château Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
30 Lafite-Rothschild 80.0 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
31 Clos-Vougeot Le Grand Maupertui 0.0 Anne Gros Burgundy, France

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