Vintage Report

Bordeaux 1974 / The terrible winter in 1974 was nothing as bad as the world slump experienced this year. The Middle Eastern War, slump of the price of dollar and quadrupling oil prices were unbearable for trade. The summer turned out being good but the rainy autumn with cold weather yielded unripe poor crop. At the same time many of the producers had still their stocks full of vintage 1972 in their stocks.

Everything started well with an early spring, and fair months of May and June. The mid-blossoming, on June 11th, and a good fertilization contributed to a significant crop size as bunches per vine were important. July and August were sunny and hot. Unfortunately, by the end of August, the weather changed with frequent rains and low temperatures.
During the harvest, the weather was unsteady, with alternation of fair days, cloudy skies, fog, and rain; forcing us to stop the picking of the grapes for three days. The temperature did not exceed 20 °and generally was around 14-15° in the afternoon.
The quality of the crop was good due to the drastic selection of the vats.

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Vintage Report

The 1974 Italian wine vintage was celebrated as a great vintage at the time and is now considered to be very good. The 1974 vintage produced a large crop. It was close to 1964 but less quality. The 1974 summer was hot and dry and a mild autumn allowed the grapes to ripen fully. The wines produced are characterised as being fairly firm and tannic with low acidity but good, rich fruit. The harvest time was very long and lasted through November. The wines have reached full maturity but continue to hold.

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The best wines of the 1974 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 97.3 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley, United States
2 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 96.0 Chappellet Winery Napa Valley, United States
3 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96.0 Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley, United States
4 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96.0 Mount Veeder California, United States
5 Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 95.0 Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz, United States
6 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 95.0 Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
7 Cabernet Sauvignon 95.0 Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
8 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 94.5 Mayacamas Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
9 Unico 94.2 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
10 Fiddletown Zinfandel 94.0 Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz, United States
11 Cabernet Sauvignon 94.0 Kenwood Vineyards Sonoma Valley, United States
12 Echezeaux 93.0 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
13 Red Rock Terrace 93.0 Diamond Creek Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
14 Blandy's Sercial 93.0 Blandy's Madeira, Portugal
15 Barolo Monprivato 93.0 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo, Italy
16 Cristal Rosé 93.0 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
17 Cristal 92.9 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
18 Barbaresco 92.8 Angelo Gaja Barbaresco, Italy
19 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 92.7 Charles Krug Winery Napa valley, United States
20 Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 92.5 Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains, United States
21 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 92.3 Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley, United States
22 Barolo 92.0 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo, Italy
23 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 92.0 Raymond Napa Valley, United States
24 Barbaresco Santo Stefano 92.0 Bruno Giacosa Barolo, Italy
25 Château Haut-Brion Blanc 91.4 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
26 Malbec 91.0 Bodega Norton Mendoza, Argentina
27 Amarone Capitel Monte Olmi 91.0 Tedeschi Veneto, Italy
28 Brunello di Montalcino 91.0 Biondi Santi Tuscany, Italy
29 Sassicaia 91.0 Tenuta San Guido Tuscany, Italy
30 Volcanic Hill 91.0 Diamond Creek Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
31 Muga Crianza 91.0 Bodegas Muga Rioja, Spain
32 Barolo Vigna La Villa 90.5 Fontanafredda Piedmont, Italy
33 Insignia 90.5 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley, United States
34 De Castellane Rosé vintage 90.5 De Castellane Champagne, France
35 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Stone Man 90.0 Charles Krug Winery Napa valley, United States
36 Beaulieu Georges de Latour Private Reserve 90.0 Beaulieu Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
37 Zinfandel 90.0 Joseph Swan Vineyards Sonoma Valley, United States
38 Cabernet Sauvignon 90.0 Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley, United States
39 Muga Reserva 89.3 Bodegas Muga Rioja, Spain
40 Pétrus 88.3 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
41 Château L´Evangile 88.3 Château L´Evangile Pomerol, France
42 Black Label 88.0 Wolf Blass South Eastern, Australia
43 Romanee Saint Vivant 88.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
44 Vintage Blanc de Blancs 88.0 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
45 Barolo 88.0 Marchesi di Barolo Piedmont, Italy
46 Borgogno Barolo Riserva 88.0 Borgogno Piedmont, Italy
47 Vintage rosé 87.9 Pommery Champagne, France
48 Château Palmer 87.0 Château Palmer Bordeaux, France
49 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask A-16 87.0 Inglenook Napa Valley, United States
50 Barolo Monfortino Riserva 87.0 Giacomo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
51 La Mission Haut Brion 87.0 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
52 Barolo 87.0 Pio Cesare Barolo, Italy
53 Woodbridge Zinfandel 87.0 Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley, United States
54 Cabernet Sauvignon 87.0 Geyser Peak Winery California, United States
55 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste 86.0 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Bordeaux, France
56 Clos du Bois CS 86.0 Clos Du Bois Sonoma, United States
57 Trotanoy 86.0 Château Trotanoy Pomerol, France
58 Vosne-Romanée 85.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
59 Grange Hermitage 84.0 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
60 Château Angelus 83.0 Château Angelus Bordeaux, France
61 Lafite-Rothschild 82.3 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
62 Château Haut-Brion 82.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
63 Château Le Prieuré 82.0 Château Le Prieuré Bordeaux, France
64 FDR1A 82.0 Yalumba Winery South Australia, Australia
65 Hermitage La Chapelle 81.0 Paul Jaboulet & Âiné Rhône, France
66 Château Mouton-Rothschild 80.7 Château Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
67 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 80.0 Clos du Val Napa Valley, United States
68 d'Yquem 75.0 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
69 Echézeaux 0.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
70 Château Haut-Bailly 0.0 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac Leognan, France
71 Vintage Vinothèque 0.0 Deutz Champagne, France
72 Cheval Blanc 0.0 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France
73 Château Latour 0.0 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
74 Landaviddy Pinot Noir 0.0 Polperro Mornington Peninsula, Australia
75 Ridge Monte Bello Chardonnay 0.0 Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz, United States


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