Rhöne Vintage Report by Jaboulet: In the northernmost part, the grape harvests began on the 22nd. September and finished on the 16th. October. An exceptionally mild autumn, with several beneficial showers. It is a good time to note that for the past ten years or so, we have seen a change in the seasons. That is to say, poor springs and good autumns, with many more good vintages as a result. This remark is even further justified by the vintages of 1988, 1989 and 1990.


A mild winter follows at first, but then the end of winter is very cold with a lot of snow : typical wintry weather. Early Spring is pleasant, but later it rains so much that growth is retarded through lack of heat. June and July are bad. On the other hand, August and early September are good. The harvest had relatively good weather and some rain. Finally, with healthy grapes, spraying for rot has given very good results. In red, we have produced some very nice wines with a certain elegance, though not very full-bodied. They will be ready to drink quite soon and they merit ONE STAR. They are very saleable wines.
The white wines are well-formed, with maybe a little lack of tang, but with their acidic foundation they will keep well.

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Napa Valley by Bob Levy / Harlan Estate

A very good vintage overall in the Napa Valley. A mild drought year, with a drier-than-normal winter, followed by a cool spring and mid-May bloom. Heat spikes in June andm July punctuated the summer. VОraison was complete by July 27. Two rare thunderstorms in August and September only added to the excitement of an early harvest, yielding a very small crop gleaned from our first six bearing acres.


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Champagne:  Generally speaking, the rainy year produced a lean harvest, and it was impossible to produce good vintage wines. This year, the area’s interest group CIVC introduced new regulations to improve the quality of champagnes. The wine growers were paid bigger compensations when selling grapes and not wine. For the producers, however, it was made so that buying ready wine was more expensive than from the grapes themselves. This year was the gap year of the decade. It was still not enough to save the weak 1987 harvest year.

The spring was exceptionally rainy, and the summer continued in the same vein. In between, however, there was a suitable moment for inflorescences in June. In August, three more good weeks were still experienced before the fall rains and mold problems. A few announced they had made vintage wine, but in general, the vintage was really modest and was used solely for non-vintage wines.

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Italy Vintage Report by Tb: 1987 was a crop year that yielded average, rather short-lived wines. Following a cold winter, a dry, raw spring slowly brought vineyards to life. The entire summer and autumn were quite cool and dry, producing an average, but quality crop. In Tuscany the blooming phase occurred in magnificent weather until the rains at harvest time ruined what had been expected to be an excellent year. In Montalcino ripened grapes were harvested before the rains, thus resulting in a large crop of exceptional quality. 

However, the wines are presently at their best and will not gain any new ground in bottle maturation. The surprise of the year was the Castello di Ama L'Apparita Merlot 1987, when it placed first at a Swiss Merlot competition in 1992. The Château Petrus 1988 placed second.

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Bordeaux / The year 1987, an intermediate year between some very good vintages, was chilly and rainy. A catastrophe was avoided through the sunny, mild weather just before harvest. The year produced light, delicate wines, at their best in the early 1990s. The Merlot-dominated wines proved to be the best. The best red wines are Le Pin and Pétrus. The best investment, however, are the white wines of Graves. Haut-Brion Blanc is the most memorable of them.


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The best wines of the 1987 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Montrachet 95.5 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
2 Steinberger Riesling Auslese 95.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
3 Masseto 95.0 Ornellaia Tuscany, Italy
4 Château Musar 95.0 Château Musar Ghazir, Lebanon
5 Echezeaux 94.7 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
6 Dominus 94.6 Dominus Estate Napa Valley, United States
7 Cuvée Louise 94.5 Pommery Champagne, France
8 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 94.5 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
9 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 93.5 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan, France
10 Unico 93.1 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
11 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93.0 Château Montelena Napa Valley, United States
12 Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 93.0 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley, United States
13 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 93.0 Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley, United States
14 La Turque 93.0 E.Guigal Rhône, France
15 Grands Echézeaux 93.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
16 Volnay Santenots du Milieu 93.0 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Burgundy, France
17 Bâtard-Montrachet 93.0 Domaine Leflaive Burgundy, France
18 Barolo Monfortino Riserva 93.0 Giacomo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
19 Costa Russi 92.6 Angelo Gaja Barbaresco, Italy
20 d'Yquem 92.6 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
21 Sorí San Lorenzo 92.5 Angelo Gaja Barbaresco, Italy
22 Chardonnay, Kistler Vineyard, Sonoma Valley 92.0 Kistler California, United States
23 Proprietary Red Caldwell Vineyard 92.0 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley, United States
24 Pommard Premier Cru Clos des Epeneaux 92.0 Comte Armand Burgundy, France
25 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 92.0 E.Guigal Rhône, France
26 Pétrus 92.0 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
27 Blanc de Blancs Millesime 91.8 Palmer & Co Champagne, France
28 Romanée Conti 91.7 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
29 Ornellaia 91.0 Ornellaia Tuscany, Italy
30 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 91.0 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley, United States
31 Château Haut-Brion Blanc 91.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
32 Richebourg 91.0 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
33 Franciocorta Brut 91.0 Bellavista Lombardy, Italy
34 Opus One 91.0 Opus One Napa Valley, United States
35 Vintage Brut 1er Cru 91.0 Champagne Adam-Garnolet Champagne, France
36 Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon 91.0 Torres Penedès, Spain
37 Château Mouton-Rothschild 90.8 Château Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
38 Le Pin 90.5 Le Pin Bordeaux, France
39 Château Margaux 90.0 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
40 La Tâche 90.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
41 Berg Schlossberg Riesling 90.0 Georg Breuer Rheingau, Germany
42 Vintage Port 90.0 Château Reynella McLaren Valley, Australia
43 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 90.0 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Bordeaux, France
44 Nuits-St-Georges 90.0 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
45 Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux 90.0 Meo Camuzet Burgundy, France
46 Pesquera Reserva 90.0 Bodegas Tinto Pesquera Ribera de Duero, Spain
47 Brunello di Montalcino 90.0 Soldera Montalcino, Italy
48 Cabernet Sauvignon 89.5 Tahbilk Winery Victoria, Australia
49 Insignia 89.0 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley, United States
50 Don Melchor 89.0 Concha y Toro Maipo Valley, Chile
51 Nacional Vintage Port 89.0 Quinta do Noval Douro, Portugal
52 La Grande Rue Grand Cru 89.0 Francois Lamarche Burgundy, France
53 Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 89.0 Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains, United States
54 Brunello di Montalcino 89.0 Biondi Santi Tuscany, Italy
55 Corton-Charlemagne 89.0 Domaine Bonneau du Martray Burgundy, France
56 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva 89.0 Bodegas Marques de Murrieta Rioja, Spain
57 Tertre Roteboeuf 89.0 Château Tertre Roteboeuf Bordeaux, France
58 Château Latour 88.5 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
59 Niepoort Vintage 88.5 Niepoort Douro, Portugal
60 Solaia 88.3 Antinori Tuscany, Italy
61 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 88.0 La Jota Vineyards Co. Napa Valley, United States
62 Colheita Port 88.0 Krohn Douro, Portugal
63 San Leonardo 88.0 Tenuta San Leonardo Trentino , Italy
64 Musigny Vieilles Vignes 88.0 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
65 Musigny 88.0 Louis Jadot Burgundy, France
66 Marques de Riscal Reserva 88.0 Marqués de Riscal Rioja, Spain
67 Black Label 88.0 Wolf Blass South Eastern, Australia
68 Château Haut-Brion 87.7 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
69 The Signature 87.0 Yalumba Winery South Australia, Australia
70 Hermitage Blanc 87.0 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Rhône, France
71 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 87.0 Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley, United States
72 Château Ausone 87.0 Château Ausone Bordeaux, France
73 Château La Conseillante 87.0 Château La Conseillante Bordeaux, France
74 Lafite-Rothschild 87.0 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
75 Grange Hermitage 86.3 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
76 Montrose 86.0 Château Montrose Bordeaux, France
77 Cheval Blanc 85.0 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France
78 Château Pontet Canet 83.0 Château Pontet Canet Bordeaux, France
79 Château Haut-Marbuzet 82.3 Château Haut-Marbuzet Bordeaux, France
80 Domaine de Chevalier 82.0 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan, France
81 Clos des Papes 79.0 Paul Avril Rhône, France
82 Quinta del Vargellas 79.0 Taylor's Douro, Portugal
83 Lytton Springs Zinfandel 75.0 Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz, United States
84 Château Rieussec 0.0 Château Rieussec Sauternes, France
85 Château Palmer 0.0 Château Palmer Bordeaux, France
86 Hill of Grace 0.0 Henschke Eden Valley, Australia
87 Roc de Cambes 0.0 Roc de Cambes Bordeaux, France
88 Montrachet 0.0 Domaine Ramonet Burgundy, France
89 Pinot Noir Reserve 0.0 Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley, United States
90 Château Coutet 0.0 Château Coutet Sauternes, France
91 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 0.0 Penfolds South Australia, Australia


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