Vintage Report

Bordeaux: After four miserable vintages came the hot vintage of 1975 which put Bordeaux wines briefly into the limelight once again. The unsettled temperature in September turned into good weather for the harvest. Grapes were high in sugar content, but for many reds especially Cabernet Sauvignon based ones were lacking of phenolic ripeness. This yielded masculine and even aggressive reds with austere and even hard tannins.

Graves and Pomerol wines have proved to be the most delicious from this year. La Mission Haut-Brion and Lafleur-Pétrus stand out as the best ones, with Trotanoy just after them.Pétrus has proven to be the very exceptional with more aggressive and full-bodied style than usually. The Lafite-Rothschild at the reasonable price of 300 euro is the first seventies Lafite that gives a promise of improvement. On the other hand Haut-Brion considered very good has proven to be a slight disappointment.

For dry whites this was outstanding and Sauternes an excellent vintage. The best Sauternes experiences have been Yquem, Coutet, Gilette and Suduiraut.

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Port Vintage Report: First Vintage to be declared after the April 1974 Revolution. Fist Vintage totally bottled in Portugal, under legal resolution. After a rainy winter, it was a hot and dry year, particularly in the summer. Some rain at the beginning of September, before the harvest. Late harvest, at the beginning of October. Scarce production. Almost all producers declared production, although few wines proved to be exceptional, revealing themselves to be less lasting than was expected.

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Vintage Report by Richard Geoffroy, Dom Pérignon / Weather conditions were good throughout the year. As a result of a cold spring, budbreak was extremely late, but flowering took place under near-perfect conditions. The summer was hot and sunny, punctuated by a few storms in August. Harvesting began on 29 September with good weather, which deteriorated rapidly.



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1975 In the UK inflation continues to spiral out of control reaching 24.2% the price of Petrol increased by nearly 70% in one year, but the US sees a start back down with US inflation going down to 9.2%, both governments use interest rates as a way of trying to control inflation with the US Federal Reserve at 7.25% and The Bank of England at 11.25%. Meanwhile one of the true success stories of modern times when Bill Gates and Paul Allen create the company Microsoft. The First of the new hobby computers are starting to appear including Altair 8800 and the battle for Video recorder standards of VHS and Betamax starts. This is also the year the Vietnam war finally ends.


Popular Culture 1975

  • Bruce Springsteen releases his third album, Born To Run, widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time
  • The film version of The Who's Tommy premiers in London
  • Saturday Night Live debuts on NBC
  • Muhammad Ali beat Joe Fraser in the "Thriller In Manilla" match


Popular Films

  • Jaws
  • The Towering Inferno
  • Benji
  • Young Frankenstein
  • The Godfather Part II
  • Funny Lady
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • The Return of the Pink Panther
  • Tommy
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


Popular Musicians and songs

  • Minnie Riperton
  • Aerosmith
  • Black Sabbath
  • Chicago
  • Bob Dylan
  • David Bowie with " Fame "
  • Alice Cooper
  • The Eagles with " Best of My Love "
  • Jefferson Starship
  • Elton John with Island Girl and " Lucy in the sky with Diamonds "
  • Kiss
  • Led Zeppelin
  • John Lennon
  • Bob Marley and the Wailers
  • Paul McCartney and Wings
  • Pink Floyd
  • Paul Simon
  • Queen
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • The Who
  • ZZ Top
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The best wines of the 1975 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Blanc de Noirs de Aÿ Vinothèque 97.0 Deutz Champagne, France
2 d'Yquem 96.9 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
3 Lafleur 96.9 Château Lafleur Bordeaux, France
4 Dom Pérignon P3 96.5 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
5 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 96.3 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley, United States
6 Krug Collection 96.0 Krug Champagne, France
7 Sir Winston Churchill 96.0 Pol Roger Champagne, France
8 Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 95.6 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
9 Château Haut-Brion Blanc 95.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
10 La Mission Haut Brion 95.0 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
11 Château L´Evangile 95.0 Château L´Evangile Pomerol, France
12 La Grande Dame 95.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
13 Millésime Vinothèque 95.0 Bonnaire Champagne, France
14 Château Climens 94.7 Château Climens Bordeaux, France
15 Grand Vintage 94.7 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
16 Cave Privée Rosé 94.6 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
17 R.D. Bollinger 94.6 Bollinger Champagne, France
18 Grand Vintage Collection 94.5 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
19 Cristal Rosé 94.5 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
20 Château Gilette 94.5 Château Gilette Bordeaux, France
21 Cognac Petite Champagne 94.5 Cognac Lhéraud Cognac, France
22 Red Rock Terrace 94.5 Diamond Creek Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
23 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 94.3 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
24 Grange Hermitage 94.3 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
25 Dom Pérignon Rosé 94.3 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
26 Clos des Goisses 94.2 Philipponnat Champagne, France
27 Pétrus 94.1 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
28 Vintage Champagne 94.0 Bollinger Champagne, France
29 Grand Brut 94.0 Perrier-Jouët Champagne, France
30 Cristal 94.0 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
31 Comtes de Champagne 94.0 Taittinger Champagne, France
32 Chateau La Tour Haut Brion 94.0 Château La Tour Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
33 Vinothèque Blanc de Blancs 94.0 Deutz Champagne, France
34 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 94.0 Biondi Santi Tuscany, Italy
35 Trotanoy 93.8 Château Trotanoy Pomerol, France
36 Red label vintage 93.8 Lanson Champagne, France
37 Nacional Vintage Port 93.8 Quinta do Noval Douro, Portugal
38 Dom Pérignon 93.7 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
39 Château Musar 93.5 Château Musar Ghazir, Lebanon
40 Belle Epoque 93.5 Perrier-Jouët Champagne, France
41 Blason de France 93.5 Perrier-Jouët Champagne, France
42 Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 93.5 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley, United States
43 Unico 93.4 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
44 Höllenberg Spätburgunder Spätlese 93.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
45 Château La Fleur-Pétrus 93.0 Château Lafleur-Pétrus Bordeaux, France
46 Thüngersheimer Scharlachberg Silvaner Kabinett 93.0 Weingut Bürgerspital zum Heiligen Geist Würzburger Stein, Germany
47 Château Rieussec 93.0 Château Rieussec Sauternes, France
48 Chardonnay Napa Valley 93.0 Mayacamas Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
49 Château Haut-Bailly 93.0 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac Leognan, France
50 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93.0 Charles Krug Winery Napa valley, United States
51 Vintage 93.0 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, France
52 Dom Ruinart Rosé 93.0 Ruinart Champagne, France
53 Clos des Lambrays 93.0 Domaine des Lambrays Burgundy, France
54 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva 93.0 Bodegas Marques de Murrieta Rioja, Spain
55 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Vineyard 93.0 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley, United States
56 Vintage Port 92.7 Fonseca Portugal, Portugal
57 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron 92.5 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Bordeaux, France
58 Cuvée Florens-Louis 92.5 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, France
59 Cuvée William Deutz 92.5 Deutz Champagne, France
60 Niepoort Vintage 92.5 Niepoort Douro, Portugal
61 Vintage 92.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
62 Château Bourgneuf 92.0 Château Bourgneuf Bordeaux, France
63 Brut Vintage Cuvee Royale Diana&Charles 92.0 Joseph Perrier Champagne, France
64 Brut Millésime 92.0 Deutz Champagne, France
65 Latour-à-Pomerol 92.0 Château Latour-à-Pomerol Bordeaux, France
66 Dom Ruinart 92.0 Ruinart Champagne, France
67 Château La Cabanne 92.0 Château La Cabanne Bordeaux, France
68 Black Label 92.0 Wolf Blass South Eastern, Australia
69 L'Eglise-Clinet 92.0 Château L'Eglise-Clinet Bordeaux, France
70 Château Latour 91.8 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
71 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 91.8 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Bordeaux, France
72 Pol Roger vintage 91.6 Pol Roger Champagne, France
73 Cheval Blanc 91.4 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France
74 Bâtard-Montrachet 91.4 Domaine Leflaive Burgundy, France
75 Montrose 91.2 Château Montrose Bordeaux, France
76 Vieilles Vignes Françaises 91.0 Bollinger Champagne, France
77 Vieux Chateau Certan 91.0 Vieux Château Certan Bordeaux, France
78 Vintage 91.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
79 Scharzhofberger Auslese 91.0 Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof Saar, Germany
80 Château de Fargues 91.0 Château de Fargues Sauternes, France
81 Lafite-Rothschild 91.0 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
82 Chardonnay Napa Valley 91.0 Château Montelena Napa Valley, United States
83 Krug Vintage 90.6 Krug Champagne, France
84 Barbaresco 90.5 Angelo Gaja Barbaresco, Italy
85 Muga Reserva 90.5 Bodegas Muga Rioja, Spain
86 Vintage Port 90.5 Graham's Douro, Portugal
87 Richebourg 90.4 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
88 Château Ausone 90.4 Château Ausone Bordeaux, France
89 Vina Real Gran Reserva 90.1 C.V.N.E /Cune Rioja, Spain
90 Chateau Lynch-Bages 90.0 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac, France
91 Vintage Port 90.0 Taylor's Douro, Portugal
92 Vin de Princes 90.0 De Venoge Champagne, France
93 Château Meyney 90.0 Château Meyney Bordeaux, France
94 Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Spätlese 90.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
95 Brut Millésime Rosé 90.0 Deutz Champagne, France
96 Imperial Gran Reserva 90.0 C.V.N.E /Cune Rioja, Spain
97 Vintage Port 90.0 Warre's Douro, Portugal
98 Château Brane-Cantenac 90.0 Château Brane-Cantenac Bordeaux, France
99 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 90.0 Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley, United States
100 Brut Millésimé 90.0 Heidsieck & Co Monopole Champagne, France


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