Wine vintage rating 1944
1944 is usually considered a very difficult vintage – not everywhere. The weather was actually warm and balanced, good for charming wines.
Château Haut Brion coped well with the vintage. The 1944 was quite popular for the next 10 years, being supple and soft but not durable enough at the level.
Château Cheval Blanc was occupied by the Wehrmacht during the looming post-D-Day defeat. 9 employees of the winery died in the fighting. For the grape harvest from 26.09. This part of France was already liberated by October 20, 1944.
Weather in the year 1944
Good filling levels, good wine quality
Of course, the good condition of a wine from an old vintage depends on excellent storage. Above all, the wine must not have frequently changed cellars. Ideally, the wine will have rested in one and the same wine cellar.
But also the cork that sits in each individual bottle is very important. A perfect cork has few pores and keeps the wine stable. If an inferior cork happens to have been used in a bottle, the porous surface will begin to soak up wine and allow micro-quantities of the liquid to evaporate over the decades. Poor fill levels are the result.
A poor fill level therefore also indicates a high risk that the wine bottle could soon begin to leak.
The fill levels explained:
In the bottle neck (high fill to base neck) about 2 cm is perfect for wines.
Top and upper shoulder, ([very] top shoulder), approx. 3 cm is very good for very old wines.
Medium shoulder (mid shoulder), about 4 cm is only acceptable for rare top wines and in individual cases.
Everything below the red line should not be offered any more.