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Wine vintage rating 1997

What was the vintage 1997 like?

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.
The 1997 vintage is a fine example of how high-quality wines develop and mature. Early judgments of the wine evaluation about the 1997 vintage are revised by the development of the wines. There are many very good wines to be found. The Barolo and Barbaresco received outstanding ratings right from the start.
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

The winter brought severe cold, while the spring from March onwards was exceptionally mild.

In the very dry April, severe frosts caused considerable damage to the emaciated vines.

June was still rainy, in August a heat wave began that lasted for three weeks. A cold snap did not occur until the end of October. On average, 1997 was the warmest year since regular temperature measurements and recordings began.

The current stock of wines from the 1997 vintage

All wines from the 1997 vintage are in our own wine cellar and can be shipped immediately or picked up at the wine shop. To the wines of 1997

Good filling levels, good wine quality

The fill level of an old vintage wine reveals important information on the drinkability of the wine.
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.

Wine rating

Do you have a 1997 vintage in your wine cellar and would you like to know how much it is worth?

Here are a few tips: in order to still have any value, the bottle must be leakproof. The wine must not be cloudy. It should be of good quality (not supermarket wine).

Search for the wine online without specifying the vintage. If it is a well-known winery, you will find the wine immediately and also the price you have to pay for the current vintage. If the current wine costs from EUR 20.00 upwards, that's a good sign.

The filling level is decisive for the value. Upper shoulder to base neck is required.