Wine vintage rating 1962
1962 It rarely happens that two outstanding vintages follow each other like 1962 and 1961. The great quality of the 1962 wines only became apparent after a few years of storage - good wines shouldn't be drunk too young. The year 1962 was dry and warm in Bordeaux and in Italy (Piedmont and Tuscany). Again very good growth conditions led to very nice wines. Very harmonious superseconds (these are 2eme Grand Crus that would deserve to be in the front row) such as Gruaud-Larose, Leoville Las Cases.
Weather in the year 1962
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.