New Zealand / The season started well with very good bud break, but then the cold November and cool December reduced the set at flowering, especially with those varieties such as merlot and chardonnay which tend to react adversely to cold winds in the late Spring.  In January, we had the same sunshine hours as for 1991, but without those days when the temperature is nearer 40 than 30, and then, late in February, and on into March, the westerlies blew.  For the most part, it remained fine and warm, a trend which continued on until about the 9th May.  We started harvest on the 24th March, three days later than in 1991, and finished on the 8th May, a week or so later than usual.

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Bordeaux / The year 1992 is regarded as appallingly poor. The wet summer and stormy autumn combined with the shortage of sunshine. The Merlot succeeded better than Cabernet. Still the wines were made in wineries instead of vineyards. Winemakers were able to produce decent  if not very good wines by using technical tools and highly selected grape material. However, the best Graves white wines come from exactly that year. As far as points are concerned, they are far superior to the red wines of the region in history. The best experiences have been Valandraud, Pétrus, La Mission Haut-Brion, Lafite-Rothschild and Pichon-Baron. Lafite, among other wines, can be purchased at about 200 euro. The wines for were early consumption. They are still enjoyable but not near by being extremely attractive anymore.

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Napa Valley: Early budbreak, followed by prolonged bloom induced by cool weather, caused uneven set, requiring cluster pruning in some varieties. June brought unseasonable rain, but worries were erased by the warm, dry weather which followed and continued through the summer. High temperatures brought a somewhat frenzied start to harvest in August, when it seemed all varieties would ripen at once, but a return to normally cool nights and foggy mornings allowed harvest to proceed at a more relaxed pace. Both quality and quantity were good for all varietals in all growing areas.

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Burgundy Vintage by Leflaive: Weather conditions from November to March were characterised by a period of intense drought. 
High temperatures during the vegetative period and low rainfall enabled rapid vegetation growth.  Very early flowering occurred during the last days of May. Up till the harvest, the vines enjoyed weather favourable to their development. 
A bit of fine rainfall at the end of August was very beneficial, offsetting the first signs of drought. 

The harvest began at the Domaine on 17 September: ripe grapes were harvested in sunshine, with average natural degrees of 14° in all parcels. The earliness of the harvest was similar to that of the 1989 and 1990 vintages. 
Power, opulence and ripe fruit: the wines had aromas of honey and toast, together with rare harmony and a silky texture. 

The potential is exceptional, without doubt the highest since 1964 or even 1953.

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Italy vintage report by Tb: 1992 was year of struggle. Cool weather and rains in the early summer fortunately turned into a dry summer. But storms and heavy rains in the late summer and at harvest time served to drench the crops. In Piedmont the late-ripening Nebbiolo suffered, and the Barolos and Barbarescos did not do much better. For the second time in his life, Angelo Gaja decided not to produce any wine for the year; the previous instance was in 1980. Tuscany fared somewhat better than Piedmont, thanks to the early and selective harvest. Montepulciano and Montalcino wines enjoyed the greatest success.

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The best wines of the 1992 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Maya 97.0 Dalla Valle Napa Valley, United States
2 Montrachet 97.0 Domaine Leflaive Burgundy, France
3 Harlan Estate 96.8 Harlan Estate Napa Valley, United States
4 Herb Lamb Cabernet Sauvignon 96.8 Colgin Cellars Napa Valley, United States
5 Screaming Eagle 96.8 Screaming Eagle Napa Valley, United States
6 Montrachet 96.5 Domaine Ramonet Burgundy, France
7 Vieilles Vignes Françaises 96.5 Bollinger Champagne, France
8 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 96.0 Bryant Family Vineyard Napa Valley, United States
9 Vintage Port 96.0 Taylor's Douro, Portugal
10 Corton-Charlemagne 95.7 Coche Dury Burgundy, France
11 Clos-des-Ursules 95.5 Louis Jadot Burgundy, France
12 Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrieres 95.0 Domaine Guy Roulot Burgundy, France
13 Astralis 95.0 Claredon Hills South-Australia, Australia
14 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 95.0 Araujo Estate Napa Valley, United States
15 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 95.0 Domaine Jacques Carillon Burgundy, France
16 Batard-Montrachet 95.0 Domaine Ramonet Burgundy, France
17 Steinberger Riesling Eiswein Auslese 95.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
18 Corton- Charlemagne Grand Cru 95.0 Domaine Bonneau du Martray Burgundy, France
19 Chevalier-Montrachet 94.7 Domaine Michel Niellon Burgundy, France
20 Clos des Goisses L.V. 94.5 Philipponnat Champagne, France
21 Vintage Port 94.5 Fonseca Portugal, Portugal
22 Dominus 94.5 Dominus Estate Napa Valley, United States
23 Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 94.5 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
24 Niepoort Vintage 94.3 Niepoort Douro, Portugal
25 Richebourg 94.3 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
26 Dom Pérignon Rosé 94.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
27 Clos des Goisses 94.0 Philipponnat Champagne, France
28 Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru Cros Parantoux 94.0 Emmanuel Rouget Burgundy, France
29 Marcobrunn Riesling Eiswein 94.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
30 Clos de Vougeot 94.0 Meo Camuzet Burgundy, France
31 Bâtard-Montrachet 94.0 Domaine Leflaive Burgundy, France
32 Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche 94.0 Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, France
33 Vintage 94.0 Ruinart Champagne, France
34 Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux 94.0 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
35 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs 94.0 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Burgundy, France
36 Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 94.0 Vincent Dauvissat Burgundy, France
37 Command Shiraz 94.0 Elderton Wines South Australia, Australia
38 Bâtard-Montrachet 94.0 Domaine Étienne Sauzet Burgundy, France
39 Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 94.0 Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains, United States
40 Charmes-Chambertin 94.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
41 Montrachet 93.8 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
42 Clos Sainte Hune 93.8 Trimbach Alsace, France
43 The Signature 93.5 Yalumba Winery South Australia, Australia
44 Grand Vintage 93.5 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
45 Kiedricher Gräfenberg Riesling TBA 93.5 Weingut Robert Weil Rheingau, Germany
46 Hill of Grace 93.5 Henschke Eden Valley, Australia
47 Mount Edelstone 93.3 Henschke Eden Valley, Australia
48 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 93.3 Dalla Valle Napa Valley, United States
49 Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 93.3 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley, United States
50 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 93.0 Dunn Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
51 The Armagh 93.0 Jim Barry Wines Clare Valley, Australia
52 Chambertin 93.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
53 Chevalier-Montrachet 93.0 Louis Jadot Burgundy, France
54 Volnay 1er cru Champans 93.0 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Burgundy, France
55 Bousse D'Or 93.0 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Burgundy, France
56 Baron de Chirel Reserva 93.0 Marqués de Riscal Rioja, Spain
57 Grands Echézeaux 93.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
58 Clos de la Roche 93.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
59 Dom Pérignon Oenothèque Rosé 93.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
60 Scharzhofberger Spätlese 93.0 Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof Saar, Germany
61 Cristal 93.0 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
62 Bâtard-Montrachet 93.0 Blain-Gagnard Burgundy, France
63 Chevalier Montrachet Demoiselles 93.0 Maison Louis Latour Burgundy, France
64 Grand Vintage Collection 93.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
65 Montrachet 93.0 Guy Amiot Burgundy, France
66 Romanée St.Vivant 93.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
67 Corton-Charlemagne 93.0 Domaine Bonneau du Martray Burgundy, France
68 Chablis Les Clos 93.0 Vincent Dauvissat Burgundy, France
69 Krug Clos du Mesnil 92.8 Krug Champagne, France
70 Marqués de Riscal Gran Reserva 92.8 Marqués de Riscal Rioja, Spain
71 Dom Pérignon 92.7 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
72 Opus One 92.7 Opus One Napa Valley, United States
73 Chassagne-Montrachet "Les Ruchottes" 92.5 Domaine Ramonet Burgundy, France
74 Romanee Saint Vivant 92.5 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
75 Palmes D’Or 92.5 Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, France
76 Meursault Charmes 92.3 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Burgundy, France
77 La Tâche 92.3 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
78 Alma Mora Shiraz-Malbec 92.2 Finca Las Moras San Juan, Argentina
79 Volnay Santenots du Milieu 92.0 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Burgundy, France
80 Corton-Charlemagne 92.0 Louis Jadot Burgundy, France
81 Black Label 92.0 Wolf Blass South Eastern, Australia
82 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 92.0 Quilceda Creek Washington, United States
83 Marc 92.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
84 Meursault Genévriers 92.0 Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, France
85 Drappier Grande Sendrée 92.0 Drappier Champagne, France
86 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese Trocken 92.0 Weingut Markus Molitor Mosel, Germany
87 Stonewell Shiraz 91.0 Peter Lehmann South Australia, Australia
88 Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles 91.0 Louis Jadot Burgundy, France
89 Duca Enrico 91.0 Duca di Salaparuta Sicily, Italy
90 Brut Impérial 91.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
91 Nightingale 91.0 Beringer Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
92 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 91.0 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
93 Volnay Santenots 91.0 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Burgundy, France
94 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Sous Le Puits 91.0 J.M. Boillot Burgundy, France
95 Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Chaignots 91.0 Domaine Henri Gouges Burgundy, France
96 ILR Reserve Semillon 90.5 Brokenwood Hunter Valley, Australia
97 Collection 90.5 Taittinger Champagne, France
98 La Grande Année 90.5 Bollinger Champagne, France
99 Grange Hermitage 90.5 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
100 Old Block Shiraz 90.3 St Hallett Barossa Valley, Australia


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