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Vintage Report

Bordeaux / The vintages 1991–94 were more modest. Still, modern technology and improved methods guaranteed the wines better quality than in similar years in the 1970s.There are plenty of enjoyable wines from these lesser vintages with such affordable prices.

The cold severe frost in April reduced the crop dramatically in 1991. May continued as cold and the start of the vegetative growth was delayed. The summer was very unstable – warm but wet. The rot problems were evident. The August was luckily extremely hot and dry raising hopes for small but very concentrated crop. The hopes were crashed after the heavy rains just prior the harvest of the reds. The vintage 1991 favoured the white wines. The best reds were Latour, Margaux and Haut-Brion.

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Burgundy vintage by Leflaive / Weather conditions were very much in contrast throughout the whole of the Burgundian vineyard. After three years of mild winters, the winter snow in 1990-91 was very beneficial. 


The mild, rainy spring allowed early budburst, thanks to an abrupt rise in temperatures in March. A light frost on 24 April, which at the Domaine affected part of the Bourgognes and the village appellation parcels, then blocked the vegetation.
Flowering stretched from mid-June to the start of July. Following a dry, sunny summer, storms broke out in August, bringing beneficial rainfall so that ripening developed favourably. Harvesting at the Domaine started only on 30 September, lasting until 7 October (Chevalier on the 4th under sunny conditions; the previous week had been very rainy throughout the Côte de Beaune - 100 mm). Thanks to this week of sunny harvesting and a large team (90 people), the harvest lasted only eight days. Excellent concentration (natural degrees of 12.5-13) and a small, concentrated harvest characterised the 1991 vintage.

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 Following the Iraq invasion Kuwait A United Nations Coalition Force including USA, Arab and European countries Bombs Iraq Forces in Kuwait and force Iraq Forces out of Kuwait and back to Iraq. After many years of Apartheid in South Africa a new constitution for multicultural society is formed. This is also the beginning of the Balkan Wars and Lech Walesa is elected as President of Poland. This is also the year that Freddie Mercury the lead singer of the band Queen dies on 24th November from the AIDS Virus. Some of the notable technology advances include Airbag, A Blue Rose (through the use of Genetic Engineering) and Tim Berners-Lee introduces the web browser. 
 

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The best wines of the 1991 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Harlan Estate 97.7 Harlan Estate Napa Valley, United States
2 Maya 97.4 Dalla Valle Napa Valley, United States
3 Côte Rôtie La Mordorée 96.9 M. Chapoutier Rhône, France
4 Musigny 96.4 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
5 Hill of Grace 96.4 Henschke Eden Valley, Australia
6 Masseto 96.0 Ornellaia Tuscany, Italy
7 Latricières Chambertin 95.7 Domaine Ponsot Burgundy, France
8 Basket Press Shiraz 95.5 Rockford South Australia, Australia
9 Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux 95.5 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
10 The Armagh 95.5 Jim Barry Wines Clare Valley, Australia
11 Romanée Conti 95.3 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
12 Insignia 95.3 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley, United States
13 La Tâche 95.2 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
14 Old Block Shiraz 95.0 St Hallett Barossa Valley, Australia
15 Romanee Saint Vivant 95.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
16 Musigny 95.0 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
17 Ermitage le Pavillon 95.0 M. Chapoutier Rhône, France
18 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 95.0 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
19 Romanee St. Vivant 95.0 Domaine Robert Arnoux Bourgogne, France
20 Richebourg 95.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
21 Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 95.0 Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz, United States
22 Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 94.7 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley, United States
23 Vin Santo 94.5 Avignonesi Tuscany, Italy
24 Clos de la Roche 94.5 Maison Leroy Burgundy, France
25 Musigny Vieilles Vignes 94.5 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
26 Latriciers-Chambertin 94.3 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
27 Meshach 94.3 Grant Burge Wines South-Australia, Australia
28 Chambertin 94.3 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
29 Romanée St.Vivant 94.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
30 Morey St Denis 1er Cru Clos des Sorbés 94.0 Jacky Truchot Burgundy, France
31 Cabernet Merlot 94.0 Cullen Wines Margaret River, Australia
32 Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux 94.0 Meo Camuzet Burgundy, France
33 Ermitage Cuvée Cathelin 94.0 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Rhône, France
34 Richebourg 94.0 Meo Camuzet Burgundy, France
35 Richebourg 94.0 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Burgundy, France
36 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 94.0 Dunn Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
37 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 94.0 Quilceda Creek Washington, United States
38 Chateau Leoville-Barton 94.0 Château Leoville-Barton Bordeaux, France
39 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 94.0 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan, France
40 Black Label 94.0 Wolf Blass South Eastern, Australia
41 Charmes-Chambertin 94.0 Joseph Roty Burgundy, France
42 Grands Echézeaux 93.8 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
43 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 93.7 E.Guigal Rhône, France
44 Montrachet 93.7 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
45 Clos-de-la-Roche Vieilles-Vignes 93.5 Domaine Ponsot Burgundy, France
46 Vosne-Romanée Les Beaux Monts 93.5 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
47 La Turque 93.5 E.Guigal Rhône, France
48 Vintage 93.2 Taittinger Champagne, France
49 Echezeaux 93.0 Rene Engel Burgundy, France
50 Richebourg 93.0 Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat Burgundy, France
51 Charmes Chambertin 93.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
52 Echézeaux 93.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
53 Kiedricher Gräfenberg Riesling TBA 93.0 Weingut Robert Weil Rheingau, Germany
54 Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde 93.0 Domaine Rostaing Rhône, France
55 Steinberger Riesling Eiswein Auslese 93.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
56 Grosset Gaia 93.0 Grosset Wines South Australia, Australia
57 Millésimé 93.0 Champagne de Castelnau Champagne, France
58 Côte-Rôtie La Landonne 93.0 E.Guigal Rhône, France
59 Clos des Goisses 92.5 Philipponnat Champagne, France
60 Janus Gran Reserva 92.4 Bodegas Tinto Pesquera Ribera de Duero, Spain
61 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 92.3 Château Montelena Napa Valley, United States
62 Dominus 92.2 Dominus Estate Napa Valley, United States
63 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 92.0 Philip Togni Vineyard Napa Valley, United States
64 Hermitage La Chapelle 92.0 Paul Jaboulet & Âiné Rhône, France
65 Château Doisy-Daene 92.0 Château Doisy-Daëne Bordeaux, France
66 Grace Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 92.0 Grace Family Vineyard Saint Helena, CA, United States
67 Brunello di Montalcino 92.0 Soldera Montalcino, Italy
68 Corton Grand Cru 92.0 Domaine Bonneau du Martray Burgundy, France
69 Château Haut-Brion 92.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
70 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 92.0 Araujo Estate Napa Valley, United States
71 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 92.0 Beringer Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
72 Chambolle-Musigny Les Gruenchers 92.0 Domaine Dujac Burgundy, France
73 Mas de Daumas Gassac Blanc 92.0 Mas de Daumas Gassac Languedoc-Roussillon, France
74 Unico 92.0 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
75 Chambertin Clos de Bèze 91.9 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
76 Grange Hermitage 91.6 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
77 De Castelane 91.5 De Castellane Champagne, France
78 Vintage Port 91.5 Graham's Douro, Portugal
79 Brut 91.5 De Castellane Champagne, France
80 Château Musar 91.5 Château Musar Ghazir, Lebanon
81 Amarone della Valpociella 91.2 Quintarelli Giuseppe Amarone della Valpolicella, Italy
82 Pesquera Reserva 91.0 Bodegas Tinto Pesquera Ribera de Duero, Spain
83 Opus One 91.0 Opus One Napa Valley, United States
84 Baron de Chirel Reserva 91.0 Marqués de Riscal Rioja, Spain
85 Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 91.0 Royal Tokaji Wine Company Tokay, Hungary
86 Musigny 91.0 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Burgundy, France
87 Clos-de-la-Roche 91.0 Domaine Dujac Burgundy, France
88 Proprietary Red Caldwell Vineyard 91.0 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley, United States
89 Quinta del Vargellas 90.0 Taylor's Douro, Portugal
90 Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 90.0 Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains, United States
91 Clos Uroulat Cuvée Marie 90.0 Charles Hours Jurancon, France
92 Veuve Clicquot Brut 90.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
93 Rheingau Riesling Spätlese 90.0 Weingut Robert Weil Rheingau, Germany
94 Château Palmer 90.0 Château Palmer Bordeaux, France
95 Abbotts Prayer Lenswood Vineyard Lenswood 90.0 Henschke Eden Valley, Australia
96 Château Margaux 89.7 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
97 Barca Velha 89.5 Casa Ferreirinha Douro, Portugal
98 Mount Edelstone 89.5 Henschke Eden Valley, Australia
99 Richebourg 89.5 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
100 d'Yquem 89.3 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France

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