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Vintage Report

Bordeaux / Year 1979 was repeating partly the 1978 vintage with wet and cool spring, hot summer, cool and dry autumn. The dry whites succeeded well this year while the reds especially Cabernet Sauvignon was struggling reaching the full physiological ripeness. Again Mouton has been a disappointment. The right bank did better with Merlot. The best wine of the vintage is the first Le Pin ever produced. Other excellent wines that ought to be mentioned are La Mission Haut-Brion and Haut-Brion. Haut-Brion has been a bargain at 200 euro. The Sauternes wines have also proved fairly good, the best of them being Yquem.

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1979 For the first time in history in 1979 a woman Margaret Thatcher is elected Prime minister in the UK. As technology becomes smaller Sony released the Walkman a worldwide success costing $200 which at that time was a significant amount of money. Also the first Snowboard is invented in the USA. The bombing by the IRA in England continues with Lord Mountbatten and three others assassinated.

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The best wines of the 1979 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Les Chétillons Vinothèque 100.0 Pierre Peters Champagne, France
2 Cristal Vinothèque 98.0 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
3 Clos du Mesnil Vinothèque 97.7 Krug Champagne, France
4 Vieilles Vignes Françaises 97.3 Bollinger Champagne, France
5 Grand Vin Signature 97.0 Jacquesson Champagne, France
6 Montrachet 97.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
7 Hermitage La Chapelle 97.0 Paul Jaboulet & Âiné Rhône, France
8 Cristal Rosé 96.8 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
9 Krug Clos du Mesnil 96.7 Krug Champagne, France
10 Krug Collection 96.5 Krug Champagne, France
11 Krug Vintage 96.4 Krug Champagne, France
12 Comtes de Champagne Rosé 96.3 Taittinger Champagne, France
13 Musigny 96.2 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
14 Blanc de Blancs 96.0 Krug Champagne, France
15 Grand Brut 96.0 Perrier-Jouët Champagne, France
16 Dom Ruinart Rosé 95.6 Ruinart Champagne, France
17 Salon 95.5 Salon Champagne, France
18 Clos des Goisses 95.5 Philipponnat Champagne, France
19 Batard-Montrachet 95.5 Domaine Ramonet Burgundy, France
20 La Grande Année 95.5 Bollinger Champagne, France
21 Vintage Champagne 95.5 Bollinger Champagne, France
22 Comtes de Champagne 95.4 Taittinger Champagne, France
23 La Tâche 95.3 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
24 Cristal 95.2 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
25 Chevalier-Montrachet 95.0 Domaine Leflaive Burgundy, France
26 Romanée Conti 95.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
27 Pol Roger vintage rosé 95.0 Pol Roger Champagne, France
28 Champagne Charlie 95.0 Charles Heidsieck Champagne, France
29 Belle Epoque 94.8 Perrier-Jouët Champagne, France
30 "Y" 94.6 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
31 Richebourg 94.5 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
32 Cuvée des Enchanteleurs 94.5 Henriot Champagne, France
33 R.D. Bollinger 94.3 Bollinger Champagne, France
34 Cuvée Louise 94.3 Pommery Champagne, France
35 Richebourg 94.0 Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, France
36 Brut Souverain 94.0 Henriot Champagne, France
37 Vintage 94.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
38 Royale Réserve Vintage 94.0 Philipponnat Champagne, France
39 Vintage 94.0 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
40 Bienvenue-Batard-Montrachet 94.0 Domaine Ramonet Burgundy, France
41 Clos-de-Vougeot 94.0 Château de la Tour Burgundy, France
42 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 94.0 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan, France
43 Vinothèque Blanc de Blancs 94.0 Deutz Champagne, France
44 Château Gilette 93.7 Château Gilette Bordeaux, France
45 Cuvée R. Lalou 93.5 G.H. Mumm Champagne, France
46 Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 93.5 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley, United States
47 Lafleur 93.3 Château Lafleur Bordeaux, France
48 Pol Roger vintage 93.3 Pol Roger Champagne, France
49 Le Pin 93.2 Le Pin Bordeaux, France
50 Château Laville Haut-Brion 93.1 Château Laville Haut-Brion Pessac Leognan, France
51 Vintage 93.0 Pommery Champagne, France
52 Château Haut-Bailly 93.0 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac Leognan, France
53 Millésimé 93.0 Charles Heidsieck Champagne, France
54 Millésime 93.0 Alfred Gratien Champagne, France
55 Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 93.0 Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains, United States
56 Graacher Himmelreich 93.0 Weingut J. J. Prüm Mosel, Germany
57 Millésime 93.0 Mailly Grand Cru Champagne, France
58 Brut Sauvage 93.0 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, France
59 Mesnillésime 93.0 Guy Charlemagne Champagne, France
60 Blanc de Blancs 93.0 Diebolt-Vallois Champagne, France
61 Vintage 93.0 Besserat de Bellefon Champagne, France
62 Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles 93.0 Louis Jadot Burgundy, France
63 Vintage 93.0 Laurent-Perrier Champagne, France
64 Champagne Charlie Vinothèque 93.0 Charles Heidsieck Champagne, France
65 Goût Américain 93.0 Heidsieck & Co Monopole Champagne, France
66 Millésime 93.0 Henriot Champagne, France
67 Sir Winston Churchill 93.0 Pol Roger Champagne, France
68 Hermitage 93.0 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Rhône, France
69 Blue top 92.9 Heidsieck & Co Monopole Champagne, France
70 Château Haut-Brion Blanc 92.7 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
71 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 92.6 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
72 Echezeaux 92.5 Nicolas Burgundy, France
73 Cuvée William Deutz 92.5 Deutz Champagne, France
74 Dom Ruinart 92.5 Ruinart Champagne, France
75 Château Musar 92.4 Château Musar Ghazir, Lebanon
76 d'Yquem 92.3 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
77 Vintage Brut 92.3 Lanson Champagne, France
78 Belle Epoque Rosé 92.2 Perrier-Jouët Champagne, France
79 Château Pape Clément 92.0 Château Pape Clément Bordeaux, France
80 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 92.0 Kistler California, United States
81 Cave Privée Rosé 92.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
82 Brut 92.0 Besserat de Bellefon Champagne, France
83 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 92.0 Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley, United States
84 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron 92.0 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Bordeaux, France
85 Vintage Rosé 92.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
86 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 92.0 Domaine Georges Roumier Burgundy, France
87 Brut Millésimé 92.0 Paul Bara Champagne, France
88 Cordon Rouge vintage 91.8 G.H. Mumm Champagne, France
89 Diamant Blue 91.7 Heidsieck & Co Monopole Champagne, France
90 Sassicaia 91.6 Tenuta San Guido Tuscany, Italy
91 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réservé 91.5 Château Rayas Rhône, France
92 Léoville-Las Cases 91.5 Château Léoville-Las Cases Saint-Julien, France
93 La Grande Dame 91.5 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
94 Brut Millésimé 91.3 Heidsieck & Co Monopole Champagne, France
95 Costa Russi 91.3 Angelo Gaja Barbaresco, Italy
96 Château Latour 91.0 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
97 Vintage 91.0 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, France
98 Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva 91.0 Jean Leon Penedès, Spain
99 Chateau La Lagune 91.0 Château La Lagune Bordeaux, France
100 Vosne Romanée 91.0 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France

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