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Vintage Report

Bordeaux / 1993 was a poor year, much like 1992. Starting worryingly dry and ending frustratingly wet. Cabernet Sauvignon faced again a challenge to reach bearable ripeness while Merlot was succeeding surprisingly well. Again the technology and selectiveness were the key issues for the quality. Top producers could still manage good wines at reasonable prices, such as Haut-Brion, Valandraud and Pétrus. Lafleur and Trotanoy have also been solid purchases. Of these two, Trotanoy is better available and a lot cheaper.

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Vintage Report

Napa valley: An uneventful, warm spring concluded with unexpected rain during the bloom period in May, resulting in lower berry set and ultimate crop reduction of 20% to 30% at harvest. Cool growing season temperatures were broken with intermittent heat spells in August and September, resulting in several selective harvests, rather than one extended crush. Grape quality was excellent, with intense flavors off the vine, although some varieties experienced sunburn and required selective picking at harvest.

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Australia / Barossa: The wettest growing season for more than 50 years with rains persisting from spring right through to January. The weather caused severe downy mildew problems and this was compounded by big, shaded canopies. Fortunately March and April were warm and dry which allowed sound, ripe, good quality grapes to be harvested although some regions were very late, with Kalimna recording its latest vintage on record. Overall the vintage produced high quality wines.

 

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The best wines of the 1993 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Clos-de-la-Roche Vieilles-Vignes 98.0 Domaine Ponsot Burgundy, France
2 Dom Pérignon Rosé P3 98.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
3 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 97.0 Bryant Family Vineyard Napa Valley, United States
4 Musigny 96.9 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
5 Maya 96.8 Dalla Valle Napa Valley, United States
6 Chambertin Clos de Bèze 96.6 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
7 Kiedricher Gräfenberg Riesling TBA 96.3 Weingut Robert Weil Rheingau, Germany
8 Chevalier-Montrachet 96.0 Domaine Leflaive Burgundy, France
9 Richebourg 96.0 Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat Burgundy, France
10 Corton-Charlemagne 96.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
11 Vosne Romanée 96.0 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
12 Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux 96.0 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
13 Echezeaux 96.0 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
14 Musigny 95.7 Domaine Georges Roumier Burgundy, France
15 Richebourg 95.5 Domaine Jean Gros Burgundy, France
16 Richebourg 95.5 Meo Camuzet Burgundy, France
17 Richebourg 95.4 Jean Gros Burgundy, France
18 Chambertin 95.3 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
19 Musigny 95.2 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Burgundy, France
20 Chardonnay Lorenzo Vineyard 95.0 Marcassin Sonoma, United States
21 Meursault-Perrières 95.0 Coche Dury Burgundy, France
22 Chablis Grand Cru Clos 95.0 Domaine Raveneau Burgundy, France
23 Dom Pérignon Oenothèque Rosé 95.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
24 Richebourg 95.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
25 Chambolle-Musigny Les Gruenchers 95.0 Domaine Dujac Burgundy, France
26 Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 95.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
27 Screaming Eagle 95.0 Screaming Eagle Napa Valley, United States
28 Dom Pérignon P2 Rosé 95.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
29 Musigny 95.0 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
30 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 95.0 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley, United States
31 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 95.0 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley, United States
32 Montrachet 95.0 Domaine Ramonet Burgundy, France
33 Richebourg 95.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
34 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 95.0 Domaine Dujac Burgundy, France
35 Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrieres 94.5 Domaine Guy Roulot Burgundy, France
36 Romanée St.Vivant 94.5 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
37 Pol Roger vintage 94.4 Pol Roger Champagne, France
38 La Tâche 94.4 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
39 Charmes-Chambertin 94.4 Joseph Roty Burgundy, France
40 Richebourg 94.3 Domaine Anne & François Gros Burgundy, France
41 Vosne-Romanée Les Beaux Monts 94.3 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
42 Harlan Estate 94.0 Harlan Estate Napa Valley, United States
43 Romanee St. Vivant 94.0 Domaine Robert Arnoux Bourgogne, France
44 Charmes-Chambertin 94.0 Domaine Dujac Burgundy, France
45 Bague Carrée 94.0 Guy Charlemagne Champagne, France
46 Ruchottes-Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes 94.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
47 Les Cailerets, Clos de 60 Ouvrees 94.0 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Burgundy, France
48 Meursault-Charmes 94.0 Domaine Guy Roulot Burgundy, France
49 Vosne Romanee Les Brulees 94.0 Meo Camuzet Burgundy, France
50 Tokaji Eszencia 94.0 Tokaj-Hétszölö Estate Tokaj, Hungary
51 Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 94.0 Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains, United States
52 Tokaji Eszencia 94.0 Disznókö Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary
53 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 94.0 Beringer Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
54 Clos De Vougeot 94.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
55 Cono Sur Gewurztraminer Varietal 94.0 Cono Sur Colchagua, Chile
56 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 93.8 Domaine Georges Roumier Burgundy, France
57 Clos-de-la-Roche 93.5 Domaine Dujac Burgundy, France
58 Basket Press Shiraz 93.5 Rockford South Australia, Australia
59 Corton-Charlemagne 93.5 Coche Dury Burgundy, France
60 Mount Edelstone 93.3 Henschke Eden Valley, Australia
61 Musigny 93.3 Louis Jadot Burgundy, France
62 Echézeaux 93.3 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
63 Romanée Conti 93.2 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
64 Costa Russi 93.0 Angelo Gaja Barbaresco, Italy
65 Montrachet 93.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
66 Echezeaux "Vieille Vigne" 93.0 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Burgundy, France
67 Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 93.0 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley, United States
68 Echézeaux 93.0 Emmanuel Rouget Burgundy, France
69 Luce 93.0 Luce della Vite Montalcino, Italy
70 Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon 93.0 Torres Penedès, Spain
71 Nuits-st-Georges 1er Cru aux Boudots 93.0 Domaine Jean-Jacques Confuron Burgundy, France
72 Château Haut-Brion Blanc 93.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
73 Comtes de Champagne Rosé 93.0 Taittinger Champagne, France
74 Amour de Deutz Brut 93.0 Deutz Champagne, France
75 Insignia 93.0 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley, United States
76 Corton-Charlemagne 93.0 Domaine Bonneau du Martray Burgundy, France
77 Brunello di Moltalcino Riserva 93.0 Poggio Antico Tuscany, Italy
78 Musigny 93.0 Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, France
79 Charmes-Chambertin 93.0 Domaine Denis Bachelet Burgundy, France
80 Chevalier-Montrachet 93.0 Domaine Michel Niellon Burgundy, France
81 Far Niente Dolce 93.0 Far Niente Napa Valley, United States
82 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 92.5 Domaine Jacques Carillon Burgundy, France
83 Dom Pérignon 92.4 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
84 Tokaji Aszu Eszencia 92.3 Disznókö Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary
85 Musigny Vieilles Vignes 92.3 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
86 Pétrus 92.3 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
87 La Grande Dame 92.1 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
88 Le Pin 92.0 Le Pin Bordeaux, France
89 Vinothèque Blanc de Blancs 92.0 Deutz Champagne, France
90 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 92.0 Domaine Hubert Lignier Burgundy, France
91 Chateau Margaux Pavillon Blanc 92.0 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
92 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaut St Jacques 92.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
93 Brunello di Montalcino 92.0 Soldera Montalcino, Italy
94 Louis XV 92.0 De Venoge Champagne, France
95 Meursault Desiree 92.0 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Burgundy, France
96 Clos des Goisses 92.0 Philipponnat Champagne, France
97 Opus One 92.0 Opus One Napa Valley, United States
98 Dom Pérignon Rosé 92.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
99 Sir Winston Churchill 92.0 Pol Roger Champagne, France
100 Grand Vintage 92.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France

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