Vintage Report

In 1976 Bordeaux faced along with the rest of the Western Europe an exceptional heat wave throughout the summer with immense drought. The heavy storms took place in Septmeber diluting the shrivelled grapes. For the early ripening vintage harvesting took place exceptionally early. Right bank was more successful while earlier ripening Merlot was harvested before dilution due to the heavy rains. Nevertheless Lafite-Rothschild rises to the position of one of the best reds from this year. This was also one of the rare years when Ausone has proven to be better than Cheval Blanc. Wines with a poor price-quality ratio include Mouton-Rothschild  and Margaux.

This vintage opted for the white wines which turned out to be extremely good although lacking acidity for long term ageing. The dry whites of Graves have been excellent: Haut-Brion Blanc, Laville Haut-Brion and Domaine de Chevalier Blanc. The Sauternes have also provided great enjoyment, including Yquem, Rieussec and Guiraud.

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Rhöne Vintage Report by Jaboulet: The 1976 vintage gives a large quantity of good wines, and sometimes very good wines, of which neither the food and wine writers, nor the media, have talked about – to their discredit.

The total harvest of the Côtes du Rhône wines is 1,776,423 Hl. In the northernmost part, the grape harvests began on the 6th. September and finished on the 21st. September. Once again a rainy Autumn, which is beneficial, considering the previous drought.
The beginning of winter is cold, then mild and cold weather alternate. The Spring is neither good nor very cold.
Flowering takes place in early June and then in the summer, the months of June, July, and August are extremely dry. An enormous drought, but with some rain in mid-July which accelerates the growth of the vines. It is, climatically, an almost perfect year for the vine.
The harvest is early and goes well. Today, the well-keeping wines of the SYRAH are witness to the quality of this vintage.

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The best wines of the 1976 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Dom Pérignon P3 97.7 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
2 Krug Collection 97.3 Krug Champagne, France
3 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 96.8 E.Guigal Rhône, France
4 Cristal Rosé 96.8 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
5 d'Yquem 96.7 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
6 Clos des Goisses L.V. 96.5 Philipponnat Champagne, France
7 Salon 96.3 Salon Champagne, France
8 Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 96.2 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
9 Steinberger Riesling Auslese 96.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
10 Steinberger Riesling Spätlese 96.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
11 Bâtard-Montrachet 96.0 Domaine Leflaive Burgundy, France
12 Grange Hermitage 95.7 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
13 Dom Pérignon 95.6 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
14 Cuvée Nicolas-François Billecart 95.6 Billecart-Salmon Champagne, France
15 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 95.5 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
16 Krug Vintage 95.2 Krug Champagne, France
17 Blanc de Blancs 95.0 Laurent-Perrier Champagne, France
18 Vintage rosé 95.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
19 Brut Impérial 95.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
20 Chambertin 95.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
21 Comtes de Champagne Rosé 95.0 Taittinger Champagne, France
22 Clos St. Denis 95.0 Georges Lignier & Fils Bourgogne, France
23 Blason de France 94.7 Perrier-Jouët Champagne, France
24 Cristal 94.6 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
25 Château Rieussec 94.5 Château Rieussec Sauternes, France
26 Cabernet Sauvignon 94.5 Inglenook Napa Valley, United States
27 Cuvée des Enchanteleurs 94.5 Henriot Champagne, France
28 La Grande Année 94.5 Bollinger Champagne, France
29 Comtes de Champagne 94.5 Taittinger Champagne, France
30 Romanée Conti 94.3 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
31 Vin de Princes 94.3 De Venoge Champagne, France
32 Clos des Goisses 94.3 Philipponnat Champagne, France
33 Château Grillet 94.0 Château Grillet Northern Rhône, France
34 Vintage 94.0 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
35 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze 94.0 Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, France
36 Millésimé 94.0 Charles Heidsieck Champagne, France
37 Clos Sainte Hune 94.0 Trimbach Alsace, France
38 La Romanée 94.0 Bouchard Père & Fils Burgundy, France
39 Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva 94.0 Lopez de Heredia Rioja, Spain
40 Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Spätburgunder Beerenauslese 94.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
41 Chambertin Clos de Bèze 94.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
42 Millésime 94.0 Henriot Champagne, France
43 Scharzhofberger Kabinett 94.0 Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof Saar, Germany
44 Château Climens 94.0 Château Climens Bordeaux, France
45 Vintage 94.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
46 Chambertin 94.0 Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, France
47 Vintage 93.8 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
48 Scharzhofberger Auslese 93.5 Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof Saar, Germany
49 Cuvée R. Lalou 93.5 G.H. Mumm Champagne, France
50 Rare 93.4 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, France
51 La Grande Dame 93.3 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
52 Belle Epoque Rosé 93.2 Perrier-Jouët Champagne, France
53 Romanee Saint Vivant 93.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
54 Pol Roger vintage 93.0 Pol Roger Champagne, France
55 Rüdesheimer Klosterlay Auslese 93.0 Weingut Balthasar Ress Rheingau, Germany
56 Château de Fargues 93.0 Château de Fargues Sauternes, France
57 Niederrimsinger Spätburgunder Weissherbst BA 93.0 Badischer Winzergenossenschaft Baden, Germany
58 Hermitage 93.0 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Rhône, France
59 Clos De Vougeot 93.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
60 Gravelly Meadow 93.0 Diamond Creek Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
61 Mesnillésime 93.0 Guy Charlemagne Champagne, France
62 Marcobrunn Riesling 93.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
63 Chapelle Ausone 93.0 Château Ausone Bordeaux, France
64 Late Harvest Chardonnay Special Selection 93.0 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
65 Richebourg 92.9 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
66 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel 92.7 Weingut J. J. Prüm Mosel, Germany
67 Saint-Vincent 92.5 R&L Legras Champagne, France
68 Château Haut-Brion Blanc 92.5 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
69 Clos de Vougeot 92.5 Domaine Jacques Prieur Burgundy, France
70 Château Calon Ségur 92.5 Château Calon-Ségur Bordeaux, France
71 La Tâche 92.4 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
72 Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 92.2 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley, United States
73 R.D. Bollinger 92.2 Bollinger Champagne, France
74 Unico 92.2 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
75 Cognac Bons Bois 92.0 Cognac Lhéraud Cognac, France
76 Würzburger Stein-Harfe Silvaner Spätlese 92.0 Weingut Bürgerspital zum Heiligen Geist Würzburger Stein, Germany
77 Château Gilette 92.0 Château Gilette Bordeaux, France
78 Orpale Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru 92.0 Orpale Champagne, France
79 Echézeaux 92.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
80 Reserve des Célestin CNP 92.0 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf du Pape, France
81 Ried Klaus Riesling Smaragd 92.0 Jamek Wachau, Austria
82 Dom Ruinart 92.0 Ruinart Champagne, France
83 Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon 92.0 Torres Penedès, Spain
84 Blanc de Blancs 92.0 Deutz Champagne, France
85 Niepoort Colheita 92.0 Niepoort Douro, Portugal
86 Madeira Terrantez 92.0 Blandy's Madeira, Portugal
87 Clos des Lambrays 92.0 Domaine des Lambrays Burgundy, France
88 904 Gran Reserva 92.0 La Rioja Alta Rioja, Spain
89 Vintage 91.7 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, France
90 Vintage Brut 91.7 Lanson Champagne, France
91 Château Ausone 91.5 Château Ausone Bordeaux, France
92 Grand Millésime 91.5 Gosset Champagne, France
93 Sassicaia 91.5 Tenuta San Guido Tuscany, Italy
94 Belle Epoque 91.3 Perrier-Jouët Champagne, France
95 Château Margaux 91.3 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
96 Echezeaux 91.0 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
97 Grand Brut 91.0 Perrier-Jouët Champagne, France
98 Millésime 91.0 Cattier Champagne, France
99 Domaine de Chevalier 91.0 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan, France
100 Château Coutet 91.0 Château Coutet Sauternes, France


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