Wine vintage rating 1989
1989 Very hot year for very smooth wines. Bordeaux perfect, Piedmont with the best vintage of the decade, Tuscany still very good.
What was left over from the spring frosts in Champagne matured very well, so that the vintage produced small quantities of exceptionally good quality.
A vintage in which every wine lover should have drunk a Bordeaux or Barolo / Barbaresco.
Weather in the year 1989
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.