Wine vintage rating 1970
Interestingly, in Bordeaux there were the biggest problems due to the good weather conditions, namely the unusual simultaneous ripening of all grape varieties with high yields. Due to the large quantities, not all bottles of a winery were always filled with the same quality.
Chateau Latour, Chateau Cheval Blanc and the other great wines from St Emilion are the most outstanding wines from Bordeaux in 1970.
Weather in the year 1970
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.