1984 Wine and Port Vintage
Vintage Port: A 1984 Port would make an excellent 35 year old wine gift, whether for a birthday or anniversary. Although there was no declaration of vintage this year, some attractive single Quinta ports were produced. These bottles are by now fully mature but will keep for years. The 1984 vintage started off with a cold wet spring, with summer not really starting until June. The first three weeks of September were fine, hot and dry, but at the end of September the temperature dropped sharply and it never recovered. However, there was good weather in the final part of the harvest and the winemakers' skills were tested in order to produce a good wine. Some excellent examples of the winemakers' talent are around, such as Warre, Dow and Fonseca, as well as our wine buyer's recommendation: the 1984 Taylor's Quinta de Vargellas . Some excellent single-harvest Colheitas were also produced by Houses such as Kopke.
Italian: A challenging vintage that produced some good wines in Piedmont by those producers that adopted strict selection techniques. Some weaker wines were produced in Tuscany. The first three months of the year were cool. Although the weather in April was better, May was cold, cloudy and wet causing problems for bud-break. Flowering was therefore delayed by two to three weeks. The ripening process was hampered as a result of an unsettled summer, however the vintage was salvaged partly by a warm final ripening period for Barolo. In Tuscany this was Chianti's first vintage under the new quality enhancing DOCG laws. This was a poor vintage and no Riservas were made. Producers had to rely heavily on concentrated and severe selection to produce acceptable wines.
Bordeaux: The Bordeaux vintage got off to a good start with a warm April. Things quickly went downhill after that; May was cool and rainy which led to poor flowering particularly for the Merlot crop. This had follow on problems in the Right Bank (St Emilion, Pomerol), as there was not enough ripe Merlot to create quality Bordeaux wine. The producers in the Left Bank tended to over compensate with more Cabernet Sauvignon. By the time July arrived, the vintage was lagging behind. July and August were warm, dry months which helped the left bank chateaux into thinking the vintage would end up fine, if their wines were Cabernet Sauvignon based. In September, Cyclone Hortense hit the Bordeaux wine region, the first in its history. Many right bank Chateau declassified their entire crop in St. Emilion and Pomerol. The left bank fared slightly better but the wines produced were diluted; few have survived today and those that have are now quite a rarity.
Spain: 1984 was a medium vintage for the wines of Rioja. The preceding winter was mild and wet. There were instances of frost on May 13th in Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa, and a hail storm on September 4th hung over Villalba, Briñas and Labastida. Due to hurricane Hortensia hitting the country on October 4th, around 250 tons of produce was lost, the harvest occurred late and fermentation was cool. Despite all of this, however, a 1984 Rioja generally makes a sound wine with a bit of colour to it.
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Chateau Clerc Milon Rothschild, 1984
Pauillac 5th Growth Classification
A saturated dark ruby/purple-coloured, medium-bodied, well-made wine, Clerc-Milon's 1984 exhibits textbook, blackcurrant and weedy tobacco scents. Although the wine is slightly tannic, it does not reveal any of the vintage's astringency or vegetal characteristics. It should offer attractive, velvety-textured, surprisingly fine drinking.
Price: $105.91 USD
Stock: 6 in Stock
Chateau Lynch-Bages, 1984
Pauillac 5me Grand Cru Classe
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Amber-tinged medium red. A touch of volatile acidity blows off with aeration to reveal aromas of underbrush, tobacco and faded flowers. The tobacco and underbrush elements carry through onto the palate, where they are joined by slightly sweeter notes of redcurrant, quinine and cedar. Finishes clean and smooth, with modest length. (1/2012)
Price: $157.64 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock
Chateau Rieussec, 1984
Sauternes 1er Grand Cru Classe
A very good Riessec and one of the few decent wines produced in Bordeaux in this year. Colour rusty, deep gold. A beguiling bouquet of apricot, honey, molasses, old English Christmas cake, toffee and smoke. A beautiful texture in the mouth, weighty, viscous and satiny. Very rich, toffee, honey, treacle and poached pears and apricots. Very ripe but with sufficient acidity to hold it all together. Complex and multi-layered.
Price: $92.66 USD
Stock: 12 in Stock
Chateau Margaux, 1984
Margaux, 1er Grand Cru Classe
*** 93-95 Points - Wine Journal ***
"A sensational bottle that simply defied every rule about Bordeaux. Intense liquorish, cherry liqueur nose: very rich. Thick exotic, rounded palate with super-ripe Merlot. Reminds me of a Petrus! Very complex with spicy, fleshy finish. This bottle is high-toned, succulent and quite delicious. Beyond my wildest expectations. " Neil Martin, Wine Journal 2004
Price: $496.76 USD
Stock: Out of Stock