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Bordeaux / The 1977 ended up being one of the poorest vintages in the seventies. Early bud break faced damaging spring frost reducing the crop size from small to minimal. The forming crop was treated poorly by cool and constantly wet summer. Then came the driest September over 125 years followed by dry October saving the vintage from total disaster. The incarnation of the vintage was the poorest Mouton-Rothschild ever made. Only pleasure it can give is the beautiful label. On the other hand, there are surprises. Lafite with a ridiculous price of 150 euro a bottle proved very enjoyable. The best experience from this year is still the Yquem produced in a very small quantity. Overall all the dry wines were ready to be drunk when released and are not 

 

Main characteristics of the vintage
From early March, the weather was fine with rather high temperatures above the seasonal average causing the vine to grow around March 10th, which was really very early. At the end of this month, despite the sunny weather, it was rather cold (on March 31st, the temperature went down below 2° C). The merlots and cabernet francs were first concerned by the frost, as their growth was earlier than the cabernets sauvignons’. Montrose’s vineyard, well ventilated by its nearby location to the estuary of the Gironde, was never subject to the spring frosts, before 1977. Then, May and June were too mild for the season with rainfalls. The early vegetation lagged and the blossoming was late (mid-blossoming June 21st). If July’s temperatures were normal, August and September lacked sun and heat, causing an insufficient maturity of the grapes. The first days of harvest were characterized by an alternation of rain and sun, followed by a fresh fine weather. During this period, the temperature did not exceed 20°C;
 

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Vintage Report

Port Vintage Report: A classic Vintage. Deep purple and fruity wines, rich in tannins, with a good aging capacity. Almost all producers declared production. Cold and rain in the first months of the year. Late blooming and slow maturation. Moderate summer, but very hot September.

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Napa Vintage Report by Heitz: Rain interrupted the harvest but a number of good Cabernets were made

Weather Conditions With vines pruned for a low crop in anticipation of a second drought year, winemakers made better balanced wines with some elegance. With most vines carrying a small crop, vineyards went through the warm, occasionally hot summer weeks in reasonably good shape. Irrigation was widely practiced to avoid over-stressing vines. By the time most of the Merlot was safely in the cellars, the North Coast experienced several light rain showers which in retrospect proved beneficial to the small, dehydrated fruit. As a result of this harvest rain, Cabernet was revived and over the next ten days to two week the berries returned to abetter balance of juice to skins and softer skins. Many of the finest wines were made from vineyards picked in late October. Overall, the successes displayed good varietal character and were capable of medium(10 years) to long- term aging.

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The best wines of the 1977 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Vintage Port 95.7 Taylor's Douro, Portugal
2 Niepoort Vintage 94.5 Niepoort Douro, Portugal
3 Niepoort Garrafeira 94.3 Niepoort Douro, Portugal
4 Lichtenstainerin 94.0 Freie Weingärtner Wachau Wachau, Austria
5 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 93.5 Biondi Santi Tuscany, Italy
6 Cristal 93.2 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
7 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Vineyard 93.0 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley, United States
8 Grüner Veltliner Spätlese 93.0 Schloss Gobelsburg Kamptal, Austria
9 Vintage Port 93.0 Smith Woodhouse Douro, Portugal
10 Vintage Port 92.3 Fonseca Portugal, Portugal
11 Vintage Port 92.3 Warre's Douro, Portugal
12 Vintage Port 92.0 Ferreira Portugal, Portugal
13 Terrantez 92.0 D'Oliveiras Madeira Madeira, Portugal
14 Vintage Port 91.9 Graham's Douro, Portugal
15 Grüner Veltliner Tradition 90.6 Schloss Gobelsburg Kamptal, Austria
16 Vintage Port 90.5 Dow's Portugal, Portugal
17 Château Musar 90.2 Château Musar Ghazir, Lebanon
18 Hermitage La Chapelle 90.0 Paul Jaboulet & Âiné Rhône, France
19 The Signature 90.0 Yalumba Winery South Australia, Australia
20 Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon 90.0 Torres Penedès, Spain
21 Grüner Veltliner Renner 90.0 Schloss Gobelsburg Kamptal, Austria
22 Sassicaia 89.0 Tenuta San Guido Tuscany, Italy
23 Bella Oaks Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 89.0 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley, United States
24 Grange Hermitage 88.8 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
25 Lafleur 88.0 Château Lafleur Bordeaux, France
26 Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 87.8 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley, United States
27 Château Haut-Brion 87.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
28 La Mission Haut Brion 87.0 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
29 d'Yquem 85.0 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
30 Château Latour 85.0 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
31 Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaume 85.0 Mommessin Burgundy, France
32 Barolo 85.0 Marchesi di Barolo Piedmont, Italy
33 Nyrang Hermitage 85.0 Lindemans South Australia, Australia
34 Pétrus 85.0 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
35 Lafite-Rothschild 84.5 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
36 Black Label 84.0 Wolf Blass South Eastern, Australia
37 Château La Fleur-Pétrus 83.7 Château Lafleur-Pétrus Bordeaux, France
38 Barolo 83.0 Prunotto Piedmont, Italy
39 Montrose 82.0 Château Montrose Bordeaux, France
40 Château Mouton-Rothschild 81.8 Château Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
41 Château Margaux 81.0 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
42 Château Calon Ségur 80.0 Château Calon-Ségur Bordeaux, France
43 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 76.0 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Bordeaux, France
44 Quinta dos Malvedos 0.0 Graham's Douro, Portugal
45 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 0.0 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
46 Comtes de Champagne 0.0 Taittinger Champagne, France
47 Barolo 0.0 Bersano Piedmont, Italy
48 Dom Pérignon 0.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
49 Barbaresco 0.0 Angelo Gaja Barbaresco, Italy

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