Wine vintage rating 2000
1960 Wines from this vintage are extremely rare today. On the one hand, because 1960 was completely overshadowed by the century vintages 1959 and 1961 and was therefore rarely stored. On the other hand, the greatest asset of the best wine regions is also their greatest risk: the highest quality wines need a temperate climate, but if the summer stays too cool like in 1960, the grapes don't ripen well enough. The weather in 1960 was actually quite good at first. Only the cool August prevented the perfect ripening of the grapes.
Weather in the year 1960
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.