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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 Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 94.5 Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz, United States
3 Unico 94.2 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
4 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 93.8 Mayacamas Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
5 Blandy's Sercial 93.0 Blandy's Madeira, Portugal
6 Echezeaux 93.0 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
7 Cristal Rosé 93.0 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
8 Barolo Monprivato 93.0 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo, Italy
9 Cristal 92.9 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
10 Barbaresco 92.9 Angelo Gaja Barbaresco, Italy
11 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 92.7 Charles Krug Winery Napa valley, United States
12 Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 92.5 Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains, United States
13 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 92.3 Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley, United States
14 Barbaresco Santo Stefano 92.0 Bruno Giacosa Barolo, Italy
15 Volcanic Hill 92.0 Diamond Creek Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
16 Barolo 92.0 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo, Italy
17 Château Haut-Brion Blanc 91.4 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
18 Malbec 91.0 Bodega Norton Mendoza, Argentina
19 Muga Crianza 91.0 Bodegas Muga Rioja, Spain
20 Sassicaia 91.0 Tenuta San Guido Tuscany, Italy
21 Brunello di Montalcino 91.0 Biondi Santi Tuscany, Italy
22 Amarone Capitel Monte Olmi 91.0 Tedeschi Veneto, Italy
23 Insignia 90.5 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley, United States
24 De Castellane Rosé vintage 90.5 De Castellane Champagne, France
25 Barolo Vigna La Villa 90.5 Fontanafredda Piedmont, Italy
26 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Stone Man 90.0 Charles Krug Winery Napa valley, United States
27 Beaulieu Georges de Latour Private Reserve 90.0 Beaulieu Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
28 Cabernet Sauvignon 90.0 Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley, United States
29 Muga Reserva 89.3 Bodegas Muga Rioja, Spain
30 Château L´Evangile 88.3 Château L´Evangile Pomerol, France
31 Pétrus 88.3 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
32 Romanee Saint Vivant 88.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
33 Barolo 88.0 Marchesi di Barolo Piedmont, Italy
34 Borgogno Barolo Riserva 88.0 Borgogno Piedmont, Italy
35 Black Label 88.0 Wolf Blass South Eastern, Australia
36 Vintage Blanc de Blancs 88.0 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
37 Vintage rosé 87.9 Pommery Champagne, France
38 La Mission Haut Brion 87.0 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
39 Barolo Monfortino Riserva 87.0 Giacomo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
40 Barolo 87.0 Pio Cesare Barolo, Italy
41 Château Palmer 87.0 Château Palmer Bordeaux, France
42 Trotanoy 86.0 Château Trotanoy Pomerol, France
43 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste 86.0 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Bordeaux, France
44 Clos du Bois CS 85.0 Clos Du Bois Sonoma, United States
45 Vosne-Romanée 85.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
46 Grange Hermitage 84.0 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
47 Château Angelus 83.0 Château Angelus Bordeaux, France
48 Lafite-Rothschild 82.3 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
49 Château Le Prieuré 82.0 Château Le Prieuré Bordeaux, France
50 FDR1A 82.0 Yalumba Winery South Australia, Australia
51 Château Haut-Brion 82.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
52 Hermitage La Chapelle 81.0 Paul Jaboulet & Âiné Rhône, France
53 Château Mouton-Rothschild 80.7 Château Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
54 d'Yquem 75.0 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
55 Château Haut-Bailly 0.0 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac Leognan, France
56 Château Latour 0.0 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
57 Cheval Blanc 0.0 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France
58 Echézeaux 0.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
59 Vintage Vinothèque 0.0 Deutz Champagne, France
60 Landaviddy Pinot Noir 0.0 Polperro Mornington Peninsula, Australia

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