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Wine vintage rating 1959

What was the vintage 1959 like?

1959 was consistently an excellent vintage in all classic wine regions. Most famous of course in Bordeaux. Consistent above-average warm weather. Little rain, i.e. drought stress for the vines, which results in an enormous variety of aromas in the wine. The warmth naturally leads to a lower acidity - the high maturity, density, intensity and smoothness of the wines is typical of the best representatives. The 1959 vintage is somewhat similar to the top vintages of 1982, 1990 and 2009.
There is a certain paradox in Bordeaux in 1959. Normally, the special quality of very old vines is always emphasized. Three years earlier, however, severe April frosts had destroyed a large part of the old vine stock in Bordeaux. It is possible that the low-yielding young vines, whose grapes are mostly used for fresh, fruity wines, perfected the warm course of the year at the end.
Because 1959 is all about the Bordeaux wines of the century, good bottles at affordable prices are now in short supply. Sometimes there is a temptation to accept bottles of moderate quality (with a bad fill level). But perhaps it would be wiser to take advantage of the fact that Burgundy and Piedmont also achieved excellent results. Reliable bottles from producers who were already reliable back then are a sensible alternative.

Weather in the year 1959

A very dry year with an unusually high number of hours of sunshine. Since the previous years were rather wet, the vines had sufficient water reserves. There was also sporadic rain at the end of the summer.

The best vintage of the fifties. The vines matured in the perfect conditions of a nice warm summer. There was welcome rain in September. The grape harvest could finally be carried out again in warm, dry weather.

The current stock of wines from the 1959 vintage

All wines from the 1959 vintage are in our own wine cellar and can be shipped immediately or picked up at the wine shop. To the wines of 1959

Good filling levels, good wine quality

The fill level of an old vintage wine reveals important information on the drinkability of the wine.
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.

Wine rating

Do you have a 1959 vintage in your wine cellar and would you like to know how much it is worth?

Here are a few tips: in order to still have any value, the bottle must be leakproof. The wine must not be cloudy. It should be of good quality (not supermarket wine).

Search for the wine online without specifying the vintage. If it is a well-known winery, you will find the wine immediately and also the price you have to pay for the current vintage. If the current wine costs from EUR 20.00 upwards, that's a good sign.

The filling level is decisive for the value. Upper shoulder to base neck is required. Medium shoulder is only acceptable for extremely rare, already valuable wines.