Wine vintage rating 1997
1997 In Bordeaux initially not seen as an outstanding vintage, but a good one to drink. Early flowering was inconsistent. The wet, cool May led to trickling and small berries. Only August and September became sunny and hot. In the meantime, the vintage is developing into a long-distance runner at the important wineries. The long storage and maturity suits him well.
Legendary vintage in Italy, which brought the Piedmontese and Tuscan wines on par with the top French wines. An excellent vintage, especially in Piedmont, which was even celebrated as the vintage of the century in some wineries.
In Bordeaux the year was warm with a bit too much wet. In order to do justice to the different degrees of ripeness of the various grape varieties, the best grapes make it into the Grand Vin and the less good ones characterize the so-called second wine. The always slightly changing mixture of grape varieties is one reason why the wines have characteristic differences from vintage to vintage. The selection in favor of the main wine (grand vin) forms the basis for its high quality and makes it appear superfluous to deal with the second wine of the Bordeaux wineries (with a few exceptions). The Grand Vin of a neighboring Cru Bourgeois is usually better than the second wine of a Grand Cru.
Weather in the year 1997
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.