Wine vintage rating 1977
Burgundy had no frost, then lots of rain until July, a sunny August and again thunderstorms with too much rain and a nice September/October for the harvest. Famous wineries fell short of expectations. Those who strictly selected and harvested late could produce very nice wines.
Piedmont was also difficult in 1977. Comparatively few 1977 Barolo and Barbaresco are on a good level. On the other hand, there is excellent news from Tuscany. Tignanello from the Marchesi di Antinori was perfect and the first so-called Super Tuscan, Le Pergole Torte, made purely from Sangiovese, came onto the market. Very good Chianti are possible.
Weather in the year 1977
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.