Vintage Report

Bordeaux / If 1981 was forgotten after 1982, the 1983 was completely overshadowed by 1982, although the harvest was large and of high quality everywhere in Bordeaux. Too much humidity brought about by heavy rains impeded production in many places. In Margaux, some of the wines were even better than in 1982. For example, Château Margaux announced that their 1983 surpassed the 1982. One of the best-ever Palmers was Palmer 1983.

The best wine of the vintage was however Le Pin – no doubt. It is a real bargain, not only for quality, but also for price at 950 euro a bottle, compared with Le Pin 1982 at 4,500 euro in 2015. Cheval Blanc also succeeded fabulously. Yquem started a new ascent this year. Graves got hit by hail storm yielding a small crop and basically non-existent anymore.


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Vintage Report

Champagne: The 1983 vintage was one of the decade’s most mature vintages and is at its best today.

    This vintage was not born without pain, either. If the 1982 winter was cold and the spring cool, then this year it was many more times so. The damp and flowering. When it finally took place, the weather conditions were excellent. The summer was warm and sunny. As in the previous year, fall rains saved the grapes from drying up. Along with the rains of early September, temperatures fell and the maturing slowed down. The weather improved toward the end of September, and the harvest was reaped in early October. The vintage grew to be even bigger than the 1982 one. The wines have matured noticeably faster than the 1982 vintage. Stylistically, the wines are robust, lush and at a really enjoyable age right now.

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Vintage Report by Angelo Gaja: Another difficult vintage. It was important to choose the right date. There was a rain of four days. Some producers harvested too early. Those who waited after the rain had greater quantity. The quality became better but not great. It was possible for there to be a lot of difference in quality. 


Italy Vintage Report by Tb: The year, 1983, was an unstable one. In Piedmont although rains ruined the blooming phase, a dry end season saved the crop. The top producers succeeded in making a small quantity of excellent wines. In Tuscany the entire spring was mild and dry, thus guaranteeing a fairly early ripening of grapes. 1983 was especially favourable to the Chianti region, whilst in Montalcino the poor weather during the harvest lowered expectations. The wines are now at their prime drinkability, even if the best modern Chiantis could still do with more cellaring, along with the Barolos and Barbarescos.

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The best wines of the 1983 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 96.5 E.Guigal Rhône, France
2 Echezeaux 96.0 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
3 Krug Clos du Mesnil 95.9 Krug Champagne, France
4 Château Margaux 95.5 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
5 Montrachet 95.3 Domaine Ramonet Burgundy, France
6 Château Climens 95.3 Château Climens Bordeaux, France
7 Le Pin 95.2 Le Pin Bordeaux, France
8 Clos du Mesnil Vinothèque 95.0 Krug Champagne, France
9 Scharzhofberger Spätlese 95.0 Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof Saar, Germany
10 Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 95.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
11 Château Palmer 94.7 Château Palmer Bordeaux, France
12 Château Gilette 94.7 Château Gilette Bordeaux, France
13 Meursault-Perrières 94.5 Coche Dury Burgundy, France
14 Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche 94.5 Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, France
15 Richebourg 94.5 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
16 Romanée Conti 94.5 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
17 Unico 94.5 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
18 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon 94.5 Cape Mentelle Margaret River, Australia
19 La Tâche 94.2 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
20 Westhofener Morstein 94.0 Weingut Wittmann Rheinhessen, Germany
21 Clos-de-la-Roche Vieilles-Vignes 94.0 Domaine Ponsot Burgundy, France
22 Champagne Charlie 94.0 Charles Heidsieck Champagne, France
23 Cuvée R. Lalou 94.0 G.H. Mumm Champagne, France
24 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 94.0 Domaine Georges Roumier Burgundy, France
25 Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile 94.0 Trimbach Alsace, France
26 Vin de Princes 94.0 De Venoge Champagne, France
27 Brunello di Montalcino 94.0 Soldera Montalcino, Italy
28 Brut Impérial 94.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
29 Blanc des Millénaires 93.8 Charles Heidsieck Champagne, France
30 Millésime 93.8 Henriot Champagne, France
31 Montrachet 93.7 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
32 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 93.3 Château de Beaucastel Rhône, France
33 Dom Pérignon 93.3 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
34 Trotanoy 93.3 Château Trotanoy Pomerol, France
35 Black Label 93.0 Wolf Blass South Eastern, Australia
36 Comtes de Champagne Rosé 93.0 Taittinger Champagne, France
37 Chablis Les Clos 93.0 Domaine André Tremblay Burgundy-Chablis, France
38 Clos Sainte Hune 93.0 Trimbach Alsace, France
39 Château Gruaud-Larose 93.0 Château Gruaud-Larose Bordeaux, France
40 Chevalier-Montrachet 93.0 Domaine Leflaive Burgundy, France
41 Richebourg 93.0 Meo Camuzet Burgundy, France
42 Bonnezeaux 93.0 Château de Fesles Loire, France
43 Morstein Riesling Spätlese 93.0 Weingut Wittmann Rheinhessen, Germany
44 Saarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese 93.0 Weingut Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken Saar, Germany
45 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs 93.0 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Burgundy, France
46 Kiedricher Wasseros Riesling Spätlese 93.0 Weingut Robert Weil Rheingau, Germany
47 d'Yquem 93.0 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
48 Brut Millésime 93.0 Deutz Champagne, France
49 Geheimrat "J" 93.0 Weingute Wegeler Rheingau, Germany
50 Hermitage La Chapelle 93.0 Paul Jaboulet & Âiné Rhône, France
51 Lafleur 92.8 Château Lafleur Bordeaux, France
52 Belle Epoque 92.7 Perrier-Jouët Champagne, France
53 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 92.5 Château Rayas Rhône, France
54 Sassicaia 92.5 Tenuta San Guido Tuscany, Italy
55 Château de Fargues 92.5 Château de Fargues Sauternes, France
56 Blanc de Blancs Vintage 92.5 Billecart-Salmon Champagne, France
57 Hermitage 92.4 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Rhône, France
58 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 92.3 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Bordeaux, France
59 Dominus 92.3 Dominus Estate Napa Valley, United States
60 Château Latour 92.1 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
61 Niepoort Vintage 92.0 Niepoort Douro, Portugal
62 Barca Velha 92.0 Casa Ferreirinha Douro, Portugal
63 Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon 92.0 Torres Penedès, Spain
64 La Romanée 92.0 Bouchard Père & Fils Burgundy, France
65 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 92.0 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
66 Cheval Blanc 92.0 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France
67 Sorí San Lorenzo 92.0 Angelo Gaja Barbaresco, Italy
68 Comtes de Champagne 91.9 Taittinger Champagne, France
69 Chambertin 91.7 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
70 Collection 91.7 Taittinger Champagne, France
71 Dom Ruinart 91.5 Ruinart Champagne, France
72 Lafite-Rothschild 91.5 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
73 Grange Hermitage 91.4 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
74 Pétrus 91.3 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
75 Clos des Goisses 91.2 Philipponnat Champagne, France
76 Cristal 91.1 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
77 Vosne Romanée Les Orvaux 91.0 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Burgundy, France
78 Scharzhofberger Auslese 91.0 Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof Saar, Germany
79 Barbaresco 91.0 Angelo Gaja Barbaresco, Italy
80 Vintage Port 91.0 Fonseca Portugal, Portugal
81 Château Ausone 91.0 Château Ausone Bordeaux, France
82 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 91.0 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Bordeaux, France
83 Château Smith Haut Lafitte 91.0 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Bordeaux, France
84 Château Haut-Brion Blanc 91.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
85 Château Haut-Brion 90.9 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
86 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel 90.5 Weingut J. J. Prüm Mosel, Germany
87 La Grande Dame 90.5 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
88 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 90.0 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan, France
89 Reserve 90.0 Château Kefraya Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
90 Wiltinger Braune Kupp Auslese 90.0 Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof Saar, Germany
91 Cristal Rosé 90.0 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
92 Montevertine 90.0 Pergole Torte Chianti, Italy
93 Millésime 90.0 Alfred Gratien Champagne, France
94 Vintage Port 90.0 Dow's Portugal, Portugal
95 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Eiswein 90.0 Weingut J. J. Prüm Mosel, Germany
96 San Leonardo 90.0 Tenuta San Leonardo Trentino , Italy
97 Domaine de Chevalier 90.0 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan, France
98 Los Alamos Chardonnay 90.0 Au Bon Climat California, United States
99 Château Rieussec 90.0 Château Rieussec Sauternes, France
100 Tignanello 90.0 Antinori Tuscany, Italy


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