Wine vintage rating 1955
1955 The vintage has always been a little underestimated - wrongly. Michael Broadbent, responsible for the wine auctions at the London auction house Christies, has tasted the great wines of the 1955 vintage again and again in the course of their development (his tasting notes can be found in the recommended book Great Wines).
The best is the 1955 Château Latour: ...Right from the start a deep crimson, tannic, fruit-packed wine. Anything but precocious, rather needs time to mature in the bottle; The bouquet and taste continued to evolve throughout the 1960s and 1970s. It wasn't until he was 40 that he found himself... Will stay up to date for a long, long time to come.
Weather in the year 1955
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.