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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Vintage Report

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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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 Oestricher Lenchen Riesling Eiswein 97.0 Weingute Wegeler Rheingau, Germany
4 Côte Rôtie La Mordorée 96.9 M. Chapoutier Rhône, France
5 Musigny 96.4 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
6 Hill of Grace 96.4 Henschke Eden Valley, Australia
7 Masseto 96.3 Ornellaia Tuscany, Italy
8 Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux 96.3 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
9 Latricières Chambertin 95.7 Domaine Ponsot Burgundy, France
10 Basket Press Shiraz 95.5 Rockford South Australia, Australia
11 The Armagh 95.5 Jim Barry Wines Clare Valley, Australia
12 Romanée Conti 95.3 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
13 Insignia 95.3 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley, United States
14 La Tâche 95.2 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
15 Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 95.0 Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz, United States
16 Romanee Saint Vivant 95.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
17 Musigny 95.0 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
18 Ermitage le Pavillon 95.0 M. Chapoutier Rhône, France
19 Old Block Shiraz 95.0 St Hallett Barossa Valley, Australia
20 Romanee St. Vivant 95.0 Domaine Robert Arnoux Bourgogne, France
21 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 95.0 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
22 Richebourg 95.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
23 Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 94.7 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley, United States
24 Musigny Vieilles Vignes 94.5 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
25 Vin Santo 94.5 Avignonesi Tuscany, Italy
26 Clos de la Roche 94.5 Maison Leroy Burgundy, France
27 Chambertin 94.3 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
28 Meshach 94.3 Grant Burge Wines South-Australia, Australia
29 Latriciers-Chambertin 94.3 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
30 Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux 94.0 Meo Camuzet Burgundy, France
31 Chateau Leoville-Barton 94.0 Château Leoville-Barton Bordeaux, France
32 Cabernet Merlot 94.0 Cullen Wines Margaret River, Australia
33 Romanée St.Vivant 94.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
34 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 94.0 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan, France
35 Morey St Denis 1er Cru Clos des Sorbés 94.0 Jacky Truchot Burgundy, France
36 Richebourg 94.0 Meo Camuzet Burgundy, France
37 Richebourg 94.0 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Burgundy, France
38 Charmes-Chambertin 94.0 Joseph Roty Burgundy, France
39 Ermitage Cuvée Cathelin 94.0 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Rhône, France
40 Black Label 94.0 Wolf Blass South Eastern, Australia
41 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 94.0 Dunn Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
42 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 94.0 Quilceda Creek Washington, United States
43 Grands Echézeaux 93.8 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
44 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 93.7 E.Guigal Rhône, France
45 Montrachet 93.7 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
46 La Turque 93.5 E.Guigal Rhône, France
47 Vosne-Romanée Les Beaux Monts 93.5 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
48 Clos-de-la-Roche Vieilles-Vignes 93.5 Domaine Ponsot Burgundy, France
49 Vintage 93.2 Taittinger Champagne, France
50 Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde 93.0 Domaine Rostaing Rhône, France
51 Echézeaux 93.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
52 Charmes Chambertin 93.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
53 Richebourg 93.0 Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat Burgundy, France
54 Steinberger Riesling Eiswein Auslese 93.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
55 Grosset Gaia 93.0 Grosset Wines South Australia, Australia
56 Millésimé 93.0 Champagne de Castelnau Champagne, France
57 Echezeaux 93.0 Rene Engel Burgundy, France
58 Kiedricher Gräfenberg Riesling TBA 93.0 Weingut Robert Weil Rheingau, Germany
59 Côte-Rôtie La Landonne 93.0 E.Guigal Rhône, France
60 Clos des Goisses 92.5 Philipponnat Champagne, France
61 Janus Gran Reserva 92.4 Bodegas Tinto Pesquera Ribera de Duero, Spain
62 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 92.3 Château Montelena Napa Valley, United States
63 Dominus 92.2 Dominus Estate Napa Valley, United States
64 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 92.0 Araujo Estate Napa Valley, United States
65 Hermitage La Chapelle 92.0 Paul Jaboulet & Âiné Rhône, France
66 Château Doisy-Daene 92.0 Château Doisy-Daëne Bordeaux, France
67 Grace Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 92.0 Grace Family Vineyard Saint Helena, CA, United States
68 Brunello di Montalcino 92.0 Soldera Montalcino, Italy
69 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 92.0 Philip Togni Vineyard Napa Valley, United States
70 Corton Grand Cru 92.0 Domaine Bonneau du Martray Burgundy, France
71 Château Haut-Brion 92.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
72 Unico 92.0 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
73 Chambolle-Musigny Les Gruenchers 92.0 Domaine Dujac Burgundy, France
74 Mas de Daumas Gassac Blanc 92.0 Mas de Daumas Gassac Languedoc-Roussillon, France
75 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 92.0 Beringer Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
76 Chambertin Clos de Bèze 91.9 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
77 Grange Hermitage 91.6 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
78 De Castelane 91.5 De Castellane Champagne, France
79 Vintage Port 91.5 Graham's Douro, Portugal
80 Château Musar 91.5 Château Musar Ghazir, Lebanon
81 Amarone della Valpociella 91.2 Quintarelli Giuseppe Amarone della Valpolicella, Italy
82 Opus One 91.0 Opus One Napa Valley, United States
83 Musigny 91.0 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Burgundy, France
84 Pesquera Reserva 91.0 Bodegas Tinto Pesquera Ribera de Duero, Spain
85 Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 91.0 Royal Tokaji Wine Company Tokay, Hungary
86 Clos-de-la-Roche 91.0 Domaine Dujac Burgundy, France
87 Proprietary Red Caldwell Vineyard 91.0 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley, United States
88 Baron de Chirel Reserva 91.0 Marqués de Riscal Rioja, Spain
89 Brut 90.3 De Castellane Champagne, France
90 Château Palmer 90.0 Château Palmer Bordeaux, France
91 Clos Uroulat Cuvée Marie 90.0 Charles Hours Jurancon, France
92 Veuve Clicquot Brut 90.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
93 Abbotts Prayer Lenswood Vineyard Lenswood 90.0 Henschke Eden Valley, Australia
94 Rheingau Riesling Spätlese 90.0 Weingut Robert Weil Rheingau, Germany
95 Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 90.0 Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains, United States
96 Quinta del Vargellas 90.0 Taylor's Douro, Portugal
97 Château Margaux 89.7 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
98 Richebourg 89.5 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
99 Mount Edelstone 89.5 Henschke Eden Valley, Australia
100 Barca Velha 89.5 Casa Ferreirinha Douro, Portugal


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