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Vintage Report

Rhône Vintage Report by Jaboulet: A mediocre vintage, to be forgotten, except for the wines produced on the slopes which are very good wines in small quantities.

The total harvest of the Côtes du Rhône wines is 1,386,449 Hl.
In the northernmost part, the grape harvests began on the 26th. September and finished on the 19th. October.
A good Autumn follows the 1971 harvest, warm for the season, too dry even. The winter is drizzly, too mild, with no frosts, which is rare. In April, a few weeks of good weather but then the weather turns bad and finally the Spring is neither good nor warm : even cold for the season. The summer which follows is no better. So, altogether, a poor season for growth.
The harvest is good at the beginning, then towards the end it rains.

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BORDEAUX Vintage Report by Château Montrose : Winter extended till April, causing a slow growth of the vegetation. This delay was not caught up, explaining the late harvest. Until the end of June, the climatic conditions were not good with temperature below the seasonal average and with rain. The mid-flowering of the vine took place on June 23rd, and the fresh and humid weather did not favour the fertilisation of the shoot. Coulure occurred and especially millerandage , were mainly on the merlots.
 

After a rather fair month of July, August and September were not sunny with low temperatures for the season (reaching a maximum of 22°C and an average of 14-15°C). All this provoked a lack of maturity of the grapes by harvest.
The quality of this crop was average-good for these grapes lacked heat during summer and did not reach the perfect maturity.

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Vintage Report by Angelo Gaja: The vintage was a disaster. It rained for 15 days during harvest. I believe that a bad decision was made. At that time, more than 80 percent of the harvest was sold to négociants (mediatori in Italian). Less than 20% was vinified by the growers themselves. The négociants didn’t want to pay for the grapes because the quality wasn’t there and so they pushed the chamber of commerce to declassify the vintage. And it was declassified after the harvest. And so it was not possible to take advantage of what good fruit there was. It was a bad choice and it has never been repeated. The price collapsed and the grape growers were not able to cover their costs. They were the ones who suffered the most. Wineries can recoup their costs from other vintages. This decision was only made once and in my opinion it was a mistake. 

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The best wines of the 1972 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Richebourg 95.9 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
2 Chambertin 95.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
3 Clos de Vougeot 95.0 Meo Camuzet Burgundy, France
4 Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Spätburgunder Weissherbst Eiswein-Auslese 94.5 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
5 Bonnes Mares 94.0 D'Arlot Burgundy, France
6 Volcanic Hill 94.0 Diamond Creek Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
7 Chambertin Clos de Bèze 94.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
8 Clos-de-la-Roche Vieilles-Vignes 94.0 Domaine Ponsot Burgundy, France
9 Unico 93.8 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
10 Romanée Conti 93.8 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
11 Colheita 93.3 Martinez Douro, Portugal
12 Montrachet 93.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
13 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru 93.0 Maison Leroy Burgundy, France
14 Grange Hermitage 93.0 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
15 La Tâche 92.7 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
16 Richebourg 92.7 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
17 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 92.5 Château de Beaucastel Rhône, France
18 Echézeaux 92.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
19 Aszu 6 puttonyos 92.0 Tokaj Oremus Estate Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary
20 Muga Reserva 92.0 Bodegas Muga Rioja, Spain
21 Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 91.4 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley, United States
22 Cabernet Sauvignon 90.8 Inglenook Napa Valley, United States
23 Musigny 90.5 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
24 Aszu 6 puttonyos 90.0 Tokaj Oremus Estate Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary
25 Sassicaia 89.4 Tenuta San Guido Tuscany, Italy
26 Romanee Saint Vivant 89.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
27 Grands Echézeaux 88.5 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
28 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 88.0 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Bordeaux, France
29 Château Filhot 88.0 Château Filhot Sauternes, France
30 Château Laville Haut-Brion 87.0 Château Laville Haut-Brion Pessac Leognan, France
31 Cheval Blanc 87.0 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France
32 Pétrus 86.0 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
33 Château Margaux 85.0 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
34 Barbaresco 85.0 Angelo Gaja Barbaresco, Italy
35 Château Musar 85.0 Château Musar Ghazir, Lebanon
36 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 85.0 Charles Krug Winery Napa valley, United States
37 La Mission Haut Brion 85.0 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
38 Blanc 85.0 Château Latour-Martillac Bordeaux, France
39 Château La Conseillante 84.0 Château La Conseillante Bordeaux, France
40 Hermitage La Chapelle 84.0 Paul Jaboulet & Âiné Rhône, France
41 Château Latour 83.0 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
42 Lafite-Rothschild 82.3 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
43 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 82.0 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Bordeaux, France
44 Marques de Riscal Reserva 81.8 Marqués de Riscal Rioja, Spain
45 Montrose 81.0 Château Montrose Bordeaux, France
46 Château Haut-Marbuzet 80.0 Château Haut-Marbuzet Bordeaux, France
47 Château Haut-Brion 80.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
48 Château Léoville Poyferré 80.0 Château Léoville Poyferré Bordeaux, France
49 Marqués de Riscal Gran Reserva 80.0 Marqués de Riscal Rioja, Spain
50 Château Mouton-Rothschild 79.5 Château Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
51 Château Smith Haut Lafitte 79.0 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Bordeaux, France
52 Cristal 78.0 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
53 Château Marbuzet 0.0 Château Marbuzet Saint-Estèphe, France
54 Bonnes Mares 0.0 Domaine de l'Arlot Burgundy, France
55 Batard-Montrachet 0.0 Domaine Ramonet Burgundy, France

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