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 96.8 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 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 96.7 Domaine Georges Roumier Burgundy, France
10 Château Climens 96.7 Château Climens Bordeaux, France
11 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 96.2 E.Guigal Rhône, France
12 Dom Pérignon P3 96.1 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
13 Château Haut-Brion Blanc 96.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
14 Steinberger Riesling Eiswein Auslese 96.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
15 Hattenheimer Nußbrunnen Riesling TBA 96.0 Weingut Freiherr Langwerth Von Simmern Rheingau, Germany
16 Batard-Montrachet 96.0 Domaine Ramonet Burgundy, France
17 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 96.0 Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley, United States
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 Collina Rionda Riserva 95.5 Bruno Giacosa Barolo, Italy
23 Echezeaux 95.5 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
24 Chambertin 95.5 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
25 Krug Vintage 95.5 Krug Champagne, France
26 Millésime 95.0 Henriot Champagne, France
27 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva 95.0 Bruno Giacosa Barolo, Italy
28 Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze 95.0 Domaine Grivelet Burgundy, France
29 Echézeaux 95.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
30 Dom Ruinart Rosé 95.0 Ruinart Champagne, France
31 Barbaresco Santo Stefano 95.0 Bruno Giacosa Barolo, Italy
32 Barolo 95.0 Cantine Mascarello Piedmont, Italy
33 Salon 95.0 Salon Champagne, France
34 Dom Pérignon 94.9 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
35 Cristal 94.7 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
36 Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Blanc 94.5 Château Larrivet Haut-Brion Pessac Leognan, France
37 La Mission Haut Brion 94.5 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
38 Cheval Blanc 94.4 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France
39 Grands Echézeaux 94.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
40 Riesling 'Hugel' Sélection de Grains Nobles 94.0 Hugel & Fils Alsace, France
41 Meursault Charmes 94.0 Patriarche Père & Fils France, France
42 Unico 94.0 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
43 Deidesheimer Kieselberg Auslese 94.0 Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan Pfalz, Germany
44 Château Canon-La-Gaffelière 94.0 Château Canon-La-Gaffelière St.Emilion, France
45 Cuvée William Deutz 94.0 Deutz Champagne, France
46 Brut Rosé 94.0 Deutz Champagne, France
47 Echézeaux 94.0 Domaine Dujac Burgundy, France
48 Richebourg 94.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
49 Comtes de Champagne 94.0 Taittinger Champagne, France
50 Vintage rosé 94.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
51 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 94.0 Biondi Santi Tuscany, Italy
52 Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon 93.7 Torres Penedès, Spain
53 Clos des Goisses 93.7 Philipponnat Champagne, France
54 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 93.5 Château de Beaucastel Rhône, France
55 Romanee Saint Vivant 93.3 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
56 Blanc de Blancs 93.0 Pol Roger Champagne, France
57 Scharzhofberger Auslese 93.0 Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof Saar, Germany
58 Clos De Vougeot 93.0 Maison Louis Latour Burgundy, France
59 Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 93.0 Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz, United States
60 Château Gruaud-Larose 93.0 Château Gruaud-Larose Bordeaux, France
61 Vieux Chateau Certan 93.0 Vieux Château Certan Bordeaux, France
62 Marcobrunn Riesling Beerenauslese 93.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
63 Cuvée R. Lalou 93.0 G.H. Mumm Champagne, France
64 d'Yquem 92.8 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
65 Dom Ruinart 92.7 Ruinart Champagne, France
66 Château Margaux 92.6 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
67 Le Corton Grand Cru 92.5 Bouchard Père & Fils Burgundy, France
68 Corton-Charlemagne 92.4 Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, France
69 Chambertin Clos de Bèze 92.3 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
70 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St. Jacques 92.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
71 Borgogno Barolo Riserva 92.0 Borgogno Piedmont, Italy
72 Château Pape Clément 92.0 Château Pape Clément Bordeaux, France
73 Château de Fargues 92.0 Château de Fargues Sauternes, France
74 Château Palmer 92.0 Château Palmer Bordeaux, France
75 Terrantez 92.0 D'Oliveiras Madeira Madeira, Portugal
76 Château Cos d'Estournel 92.0 Château Cos d'Estournel Bordeaux, France
77 L'Eglise-Clinet 92.0 Château L'Eglise-Clinet Bordeaux, France
78 Château Musar 92.0 Château Musar Ghazir, Lebanon
79 Château Latour 92.0 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
80 Clos de Tart 92.0 Mommessin Burgundy, France
81 Corton- Charlemagne Grand Cru 92.0 Domaine Bonneau du Martray Burgundy, France
82 Tignanello 91.7 Antinori Tuscany, Italy
83 Sori Tildin 91.6 Angelo Gaja Barbaresco, Italy
84 Château Coutet 91.5 Château Coutet Sauternes, France
85 Pommard 91.5 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
86 Richebourg 91.5 Domaine Gros Frère et Souer Burgundy, France
87 Barolo 91.4 Barisone Piedmont, Italy
88 Hermitage La Chapelle 91.1 Paul Jaboulet & Âiné Rhône, France
89 Volnay Santenots 91.0 Domaine Camille Giroud Burgundy, France
90 Blason de France 91.0 Perrier-Jouët Champagne, France
91 Charmes-Chambertin 91.0 Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, France
92 Nuits-Saint-Georges 91.0 Maison Leroy Burgundy, France
93 Muga Reserva 91.0 Bodegas Muga Rioja, Spain
94 Château L´Evangile 91.0 Château L´Evangile Pomerol, France
95 Brut Impérial 91.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
96 Riesling Auslese Niersteiner Bergkirche 91.0 Weingut Georghof Leiwen-Zummet, Germany
97 Barolo 91.0 Prunotto Piedmont, Italy
98 Vintage 91.0 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, France
99 Gran Codorniu Non Plus Ultra de Añada 91.0 Codorniu Penedès, Spain
100 Château Laville Haut-Brion 90.9 Château Laville Haut-Brion Pessac Leognan, France


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