This could well be the year that marked the start of the digital age when the Microprocessor was invented. We also saw the use of more and more of the transistor technology in use in things like hand held calculators which although are still very expensive over time will drop in price and increase in function to where we are today. It is also the first year North Sea Oil production begins in Norway. One other major change is the change to Decimalisation in the UK on and Ireland onFebruary 15th . The birth of Greenpeace signals a need to question how we manage the resources entrusted to us and a means of organised questioning of governments around the world.

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Vintage Report

Rhöne Vintage Report by JabouletIn the northernmost part, the grape harvests began on the 26th. September and finished on the 8th. October. In December 1970, a metre of snow fell in the Rhône valley (in three flurries), which is exceptional. The motorway is blocked. In all, the winter is long and hard. The Spring is not very good either; flowering is late and there is some crop failure. The warm days arrive only in July, then the summer is warm and dry. The weather is good for the harvest.


The 1971 vintage gave an average quantity crop of well balanced, good, pleasant wines. In HERMITAGE, the reds are very good. It’s not a much talked-about, or written-about vintage, which is a shame as it merits TWO STARS. The total harvest of the Côtes du Rhône wines is 1,348,190 Hl.

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Vintage Report

Champagne Vintage Report by Salon:  There was rapid emergence of vegetation, although spring frosts (between 27th and 29th April) affected 1000 hectares. The hailstorm of 27th May alone destroyed 650 hectares. Cold weather took hold in June, with flowering in very bad weather conditions, extending from June through to early July. Exceptional weather in July, but hail and windy weather from 27th July to 18th August completely annihilated 2650 hectares. Major erosion problems. Harvesting commenced on 18th September. Good quality.

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The best wines of the 1971 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Romanée Conti 97.5 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
2 Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 97.3 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
3 Musigny 97.2 Domaine Georges Roumier Burgundy, France
4 Musigny Vieilles Vignes 97.0 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
5 Grange Hermitage 97.0 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
6 La Tâche 96.9 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
7 Lafleur 96.7 Château Lafleur Bordeaux, France
8 Comtes de Champagne Rosé 96.7 Taittinger Champagne, France
9 Château Climens 96.7 Château Climens Bordeaux, France
10 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 96.2 E.Guigal Rhône, France
11 Dom Pérignon P3 96.1 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
12 Hattenheimer Nußbrunnen Riesling TBA 96.0 Weingut Freiherr Langwerth Von Simmern Rheingau, Germany
13 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 96.0 Domaine Georges Roumier Burgundy, France
14 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 96.0 Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley, United States
15 Château Haut-Brion Blanc 96.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
16 Steinberger Riesling Eiswein Auslese 96.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
17 Batard-Montrachet 96.0 Domaine Ramonet Burgundy, France
18 Dom Pérignon Rosé 95.8 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
19 Pétrus 95.8 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
20 Richebourg 95.6 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
21 Barolo Monfortino Riserva 95.6 Giacomo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
22 Echezeaux 95.5 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
23 Chambertin 95.5 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
24 Collina Rionda Riserva 95.5 Bruno Giacosa Barolo, Italy
25 Krug Vintage 95.5 Krug Champagne, France
26 Salon 95.0 Salon Champagne, France
27 Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze 95.0 Domaine Grivelet Burgundy, France
28 Dom Ruinart Rosé 95.0 Ruinart Champagne, France
29 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva 95.0 Bruno Giacosa Barolo, Italy
30 Millésime 95.0 Henriot Champagne, France
31 Barbaresco Santo Stefano 95.0 Bruno Giacosa Barolo, Italy
32 Echézeaux 95.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
33 Barolo 95.0 Cantine Mascarello Piedmont, Italy
34 Dom Pérignon 94.9 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
35 Cristal 94.7 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
36 La Mission Haut Brion 94.5 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
37 Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Blanc 94.5 Château Larrivet Haut-Brion Pessac Leognan, France
38 Cheval Blanc 94.5 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France
39 Brut Rosé 94.0 Deutz Champagne, France
40 Echézeaux 94.0 Domaine Dujac Burgundy, France
41 Grands Echézeaux 94.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
42 Château Canon-La-Gaffelière 94.0 Château Canon-La-Gaffelière St.Emilion, France
43 Meursault Charmes 94.0 Patriarche Père & Fils France, France
44 Cuvée William Deutz 94.0 Deutz Champagne, France
45 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 94.0 Biondi Santi Tuscany, Italy
46 Musigny 94.0 Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, France
47 Chateau Certan de May 94.0 Château Certan de May Bordeaux, France
48 Riesling 'Hugel' Sélection de Grains Nobles 94.0 Hugel & Fils Alsace, France
49 Comtes de Champagne 94.0 Taittinger Champagne, France
50 Deidesheimer Kieselberg Auslese 94.0 Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan Pfalz, Germany
51 Richebourg 94.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
52 Vintage rosé 94.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
53 Unico 94.0 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
54 Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon 93.7 Torres Penedès, Spain
55 Clos des Goisses 93.7 Philipponnat Champagne, France
56 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 93.5 Château de Beaucastel Rhône, France
57 Romanee Saint Vivant 93.3 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
58 d'Yquem 93.1 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
59 Cuvée R. Lalou 93.0 G.H. Mumm Champagne, France
60 Vieux Chateau Certan 93.0 Vieux Château Certan Bordeaux, France
61 Clos De Vougeot 93.0 Maison Louis Latour Burgundy, France
62 Blanc de Blancs 93.0 Pol Roger Champagne, France
63 Château Gruaud-Larose 93.0 Château Gruaud-Larose Bordeaux, France
64 Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 93.0 Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz, United States
65 Marcobrunn Riesling Beerenauslese 93.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
66 Scharzhofberger Auslese 93.0 Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof Saar, Germany
67 Dom Ruinart 92.7 Ruinart Champagne, France
68 Château Margaux 92.6 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
69 Le Corton Grand Cru 92.5 Bouchard Père & Fils Burgundy, France
70 Corton-Charlemagne 92.4 Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, France
71 Château Latour 92.3 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
72 Chambertin Clos de Bèze 92.3 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
73 Château Cos d'Estournel 92.0 Château Cos d'Estournel Bordeaux, France
74 Borgogno Barolo Riserva 92.0 Borgogno Piedmont, Italy
75 Clos de Tart 92.0 Mommessin Burgundy, France
76 Terrantez 92.0 D'Oliveiras Madeira Madeira, Portugal
77 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St. Jacques 92.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
78 Château de Fargues 92.0 Château de Fargues Sauternes, France
79 Château Palmer 92.0 Château Palmer Bordeaux, France
80 Château Musar 92.0 Château Musar Ghazir, Lebanon
81 Château Pape Clément 92.0 Château Pape Clément Bordeaux, France
82 L'Eglise-Clinet 92.0 Château L'Eglise-Clinet Bordeaux, France
83 Corton- Charlemagne Grand Cru 92.0 Domaine Bonneau du Martray Burgundy, France
84 Tignanello 91.7 Antinori Tuscany, Italy
85 Sori Tildin 91.6 Angelo Gaja Barbaresco, Italy
86 Pommard 91.5 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
87 Richebourg 91.5 Domaine Gros Frère et Souer Burgundy, France
88 Château Coutet 91.5 Château Coutet Sauternes, France
89 Barolo 91.4 Barisone Piedmont, Italy
90 Hermitage La Chapelle 91.1 Paul Jaboulet & Âiné Rhône, France
91 Riesling Auslese Niersteiner Bergkirche 91.0 Weingut Georghof Leiwen-Zummet, Germany
92 Blason de France 91.0 Perrier-Jouët Champagne, France
93 Charmes-Chambertin 91.0 Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, France
94 Nuits-Saint-Georges 91.0 Maison Leroy Burgundy, France
95 Muga Reserva 91.0 Bodegas Muga Rioja, Spain
96 Volnay Santenots 91.0 Domaine Camille Giroud Burgundy, France
97 Brut Impérial 91.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
98 Barolo 91.0 Prunotto Piedmont, Italy
99 Vintage 91.0 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, France
100 Château L´Evangile 91.0 Château L´Evangile Pomerol, France


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