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1973 Vintage Report

Italian: The 1973 wine vintage was a good one for Italian Wines from Tuscany (Chianti and Brunello) and fair for Piedmont (Barolo and Barbaresco).
Spring was mild and the summer hot and dry, but the run in to the harvest was wet and many producers were faced with the problem of either picking early with low sugar levels or risking the harvest by waiting for the weather to improve. It was a big harvest everywhere in the region. The best wines were produced by those vineyards that adopted careful selection.
 
Bordeaux: The 1973 wine vintage produced an enormous crop of easy drinking wines full of succulent fruit. The best examples from vineyards that adopted good selection are still drinking well today. Wines from Pauillac and Graves stand out.

The weather was dry and warm throughout most of spring, providing good conditions for flowering. Heavy rain fell during much of July, but the month that followed was hot and dry. September began fine, but wet conditions returned from the middle of the month onwards.
 
Vintage Port: No vintage ports were produced in 1973.

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Barbaresco, 1973

Pippione

Barbaresco is one of the great wines of Italy's north-western Piedmont region. This aristocratic red has its vineyards situated in the Langhe, on the right-hand side of the Tanaro river and extending from the area north-east of Alba to the communes of Barbaresco, Nieve and Treiso. The dominant variety grown is Nebbiolo, but Dolcetto and Barbera also play a part. The vines are generally grown on limestone-rich marl soils. similar to the Tortonium soils of the Barolo and La Morra areas in Barolo. Similar to its more famous sibling Barolo, Barbaresco is made from 100% Nebbiolo and shares its cult status as one of the finest wines in the world.
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Barbaresco, 1973

Cav. Ceste

In the glass this wine has a solid red core with red/orange on the rim. On the nose, there's cedar, mushrooms, and a bit of light cherry. On the palate, a woody note - teak or rosewood perhaps, with cedar. Rather ethereal. With time, lovely fruit emerges and the wine shows gorgeous, elegant maraschino notes. Mushrooms round out the earthy side of this. Given its age this is still a wonderful, complete wine
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Baron de Lustrac, 1973

Vintage Armagnac

Baron de Lustrac is a small traditional éleveur specialising in fine old Armagnac vintages. Their extensive range is sourced from neighbouring estates in the Tenereze and Mas Armagnac regions and they keep an ageing and bottling chais near Magnan, in the Bas Armagnac region.


All Armagnacs are aged in 420ltr oak barrels and sold as single vintages. The grapes used are all harvested from the one particular year, and will only be distilled if the conditions were particularly good. Perfect for big birthdays or as a special drink for the connoisseur as they truly are a fine example of the very best Armagnacs around.
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Price: £135.00
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Beaune, 1973

Clos des Marconnets

Nice red fruit on the nose with cherries, strawberry preserve and some smoke. On the palate there is a slight minerality,spice and earthy notes. Nice finish.
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Brunello di Montalcino, 1973

Col d'Orcia

Once poured, a pleasant surprise: the color was still intact, apart from a nail slightly orange, but very little, and the nose opened slowly, one step at a time, without stopping.
All tertiary aromas, of course, but intact, never unbalanced, including spiccavva a kind of mixture between burnt rubber remembered the tar Nebbiolo (even if vaguely), and India ink, then leave emerge smells of leather, unlit pipe and jams with lively acidity.
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Carema, 1973

Produttori Nebbiolo Carema

Carema is a red winemaking zone and boasts the king of Italian red grapes, Nebbiolo, as its leading varietal. The wine must comprise 85% of this variety, the remainder made up of a maximum 15% of authorized Piedmont red grapes. Ageing requirements are 36 months, of which 24 must be in wood, while the riserva must spend an extra six months in oak. Carema is a small mountainous area neighboring the Aosta Valley in the far northern corner of Piedmont, in north-western Italy. This unique viticultural landscape is situated in the province of Turin and was awarded its DOC classification in 1967. Similar to the steep,
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Chateau Domaine de l'Eglise, 1973

Pomerol (UK Bottled Berry Bros)

Excellent condition and provenance having been well stored in a cellar until purchase. Well integrated, still a lot of fruits. Mainly black cherries. It is starting to show it's maturity with some mushroom on the nose

75cl
ABV No strength stated.
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Chateau Haut Brion, 1973

Pessac Leognan 1er Grand Cru Classe

Brown rim. Brown sugar, olives and leather nose. Balanced and very smooth palate. Coffee & sweet red fruits. Fully mature, a highly enjoyable wine.
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Chateau La Lagune, 1973

Haut Medoc, 3rd Growth Classification

Excellent condition - well stored. surprisingly good wine for the vintage,Although the dusty tannins and oak have become more dominant, this medium ruby-coloured wine still has good body and enough interest in the bouquet to hold many people's attention.

Château La Lagune is a renowned winery in the Haut-Médoc appellation of the Bordeaux region of France. The wine produced here was classified as one of fourteen Troisièmes Crus (Third Growths) in the historic Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855


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Chateau Latour, 1973

Pauillac 1st Growth Classification

A rare first growth wine. Chateau Latour only selects grapes from the 47 hectares which surround the Château Latour, the heart of the estate to make the "Grand Vin de Château Latour. The 1973 is medium-deep in colour with amber at the rim, with fragrant brambly, earthy aromas. Bright fruitiness characterised the palate, with intense, fresh aftertaste.
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Price: £329.00
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Chateau Margaux, 1973

Margaux, 1st Growth Classification, vts, good label

Red with brown rim. Beautiful colour. Berries and forest floor on the nose. A marginally short taste with a bitterness that disappeared after about ten minutes. The wine is resolved and there are no hard edges.
Outperforms the vintage in a stunning manner.
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Price: £235.00
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Chianti, 1973

Classico - Castello di Verrazzano

Although the colour has faded, the wine still displays some very pretty fruit and is surprisingly fresh. Subtle with pretty floral/rose aromas.
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Price: £59.95
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Chianti, 1973

Monsanto

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.

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Price: £69.00
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D'Oliveiras Madeira, 1973

Boal Madeira

Buals are a brilliant varietal of madeira that illustrates the tension between residual sweetness and bracing acidity and offers up a heady nose of candied ginger, orange, caramel, and coffee. That's just a hint of the nose. The seamless integration of depth, power, nuance and lyricism always astonishes me, even now. The mouth feel and finish is elegant viscosity and a flavor profile that continues to evolve in the glass. It has a long length and finish.

*Bottled in 2013
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D'Oliveiras Madeira, 1973

Verdelho Madeira

Rich and complex Madeira from the brilliant D’Oliveiras reserve.
A complex Madeira with a spicy-citrus nose and hints of marmalade. The wine has a rich palate, with a refreshing acidity balancing this medium sweet wine to perfection. Excellent with mince pies and fruit cake.
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Price: £99.00
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Freisa, 1973

Aldo Conterno

Freisa is a red Italian wine grape variety grown in the Piedmont region of north-west Italy, primarily in Monferrato and in the Langhe, but also further north in the provinces of Turin and Biella. Freisa is a vigorous and productive vine whose round, blue-black grapes are harvested in early October. The three-lobed leaves are relatively small and the bunches are elongated in form.Wines made from the Freisa grape are red and usually somewhat sweet and lightly sparkling, or foaming. Still and fully sparkling versions are also produced, however, as are dry and more decidedly sweet styles.
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Gattinara, 1973

Berteletti

Gattinara is a red Italian wine produced from Nebbiolo grapes grown within the boundaries of the commune of Gattinara which is located in the hills in the north of the province of Vercelli, northwest of Novara in the Piedmont region. The wine is made from a minimum of 90% Nebbiolo grapes and is renowned for its longevity. Notes: a meaty, chunky wine with a subtle, clean nose. Hints of tar and bark, with undertones of cherries and rose petals. Light tannins.
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Gattinara, 1973

Pavero Edmondo

Gattinara is a red Italian wine produced from Nebbiolo grapes grown within the boundaries of the commune of Gattinara which is located in the hills in the north of the province of Vercelli, northwest of Novara in the Piedmont region. The wine is made from a minimum of 90% Nebbiolo grapes and is renowned for its longevity. Notes: a meaty, chunky wine with a subtle, clean nose. Hints of tar and bark, with undertones of cherries and rose petals. Light tannins.
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Grumello, 1973

Bettini

Grumello wines are those made under the Valtellina Superiore, specifically from grapes grown in the named Grumello sub-region. Grumello is one of five viticultural sub-zones specifically identified as producing Valtellina wines of particularly high quality: the other four are Inferno, Sassella, Maroggia and Valgella
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Kellereien, 1973

Schlossleiten kellereigenossenschaft ( Clearance Offer now only £30)

This is a red wine from the Alto Adige Region in North Italy. This wine is designed as an early consumption one and is sold as a curio from the 1973 Vintage.
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Montepulciano, 1973

Cerasuolo, Masci -Riserva (Clearance offer -Now only £29.95)

Montepulciano is a red wine grape variety grown widely in central Italy, most notably its eastern Abruzzo, Marche and Molise regions. The variety was named after the Tuscan parish of Montepulciano, but, confusingly, is not used in the famous wines produced there (see Vino Nobile di Montepulciano). Globally appreciated for their soft flavors, strong color and gentle tannins, Montepulciano wines are typically best consumed in their youth and with food. The deep-purple juice of Montepulciano grapes is used in varying proportions to produce wines under roughly 50 of Italy's DOC and DOCG titles. Although sometimes used on its own,
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Nebbiolo, 1973

Fontanafredda

The Nebbiolo has a lovely earthy bouquet. The nose has cherries, dark cherries, tar and slight dried rose notes. Complex and layered. Nice acidity. Medium tannins still present. Cherries on the palate too. Nice finish. Great food wine. Nebbiolo is a fickle grape famed as much for its pale appearance as for its tannic character and produces some of the most perfumed and richly flavored wines. Though generally only medium-bodied, the wines possess rose and anise scented aromatics and deep flavors of cherry, orange peel and subtle green herb tones.
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Reciotto, 1973

Tedeschi

From the good 1973 Vintage, "Recioto," as in "Recioto della Valpolicella," refers to a dessert wine made from grapes that were dried on mats after picking. This process turns the grapes closer to raisins, concentrating the flavors. The wines are lovely and taste how you'd expect raisins-turned-wine to taste, rich and sweet.
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Reciotto, 1973

Grasso

"Recioto," as in "Recioto della Valpolicella," refers to a dessert wine made from grapes that were dried on mats after picking. This process turns the grapes closer to raisins, concentrating the flavors. The wines are lovely and taste how you'd expect raisins-turned-wine to taste, rich and sweet.
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Price: £119.00
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Rioja, 1973

Rioja Age Siglio

Lovely red fruit, earthy, nice oak; smooth and supple, relaxed and harmonious, quite light with medium finish.
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