Vintage wine chart of the sixties
Report 1960 vintage wine
The year 1960 is rated for Italian wine rated as an average vintage. Heavy-weight, longer lived wines from 1960 such as Barolo and Barbaresco are still drinking well. They still exhibit a good structure and have deep ruby colour with rich intensity.
The vintage 1960 suffered in Bordeaux from two rain filled months of August and September. The wines produced were very delicate and light in Bordeaux and only the first growth and perfect stored Grand Cru wines are now drinkable.
Vintage wine in our cellar from the year of 1960
Report 1961 vintage wine
The year 1961 was in Italy an outstanding vintage which challenges 1967 as the vintage of the decade. The main regions of Tuscany and Piedmont produced rich, full bodied wines. The wines are mature but heavy-weights such as Brunello and Barolos will keep for many years to come.
This is one of the legendary vintages of the century in Bordeaux and may be even the best. Although most of the wines are now fading slowly, the top examples continue to shine through offering concentrated, ripe fruit with amazing bouquets.
Very limited quantity.
Very brilliant, even dazzling. Deep and intense ruby colour. A complex bouquet of crystallized aromas.
A monumental, enormous wine which is still not yet fully mature. A splendid finish. Long and fresh in the mouth.
Vintage wine in our cellar from the year of 1961
Report 1962 vintage wine
The year 1962 was a very good vintage for italian wine that has been overlooked in favour of the outstanding 1958 and 1961 vintages. The wines produced exhibit a deep colour, rich intensity and have a good structure. The top quality Italian reds such as Barolo and Brunello are still drinking well today.
The only failing of the 1962 Bordeaux vintage is that it followed the legendary 1961 one! Consequently, it is one of the most underrated vintages still available and the prices are still relatively good. Good weather in the summer and harvest led to what, at the time was a record crop. The wines were delightful and well proportioned across all regions from the start and the top wines have maintained this quality to this day.
Abundant quantity. A deep ruby colour. Very good concentration.
In the mouth, limited tannins, but harmonious and elegant. A wine which is still delicious.
Vintage wine in our cellar from the year of 1962
Report 1963 vintage wine
The year 1963 was a mediocre vintage for Italian wines from Piedmont and Tuscany. However quality Italian reds such as Barolo and Brunello are still drinking well today.
1963 was a deifficult year for Bordeaux that rivals 1965 for the worst vintage of the decade. It's hard to find drinkable bottles with very good conditions (level, color).
Vintage wine in our cellar from the year of 1963
Report 1964 vintage wine
The year 1964 challenges for italian wine 1967 as the ‘vintage of the decade’. The main regions of Tuscany and Piedmont produced rich, full bodied wines. The wines are mature but heavy-weights such as Brunello and Barolos will keep for many years to come.
An outstanding vintage in Bordeaux that produced opulent, concentrated wines with high alcohol, an opaque colour, super length and unbridled power. The harvest and weather favoured those producers on the right bank who harvested early (Graves, St Emilion and Pomerol).
Abundant quantity. A deep red colour, little developed.
Aromas peculiar to a mature year, crystallized cherry, smoked meat, but also hints of dry fruits and the cigar box.
In the mouth it is distinguished, delicate and sinewy. A structure of closed up, discreet tannins. An agreeable finish.
Vintage wine in our cellar from the year of 1964
Report 1965 vintage wine
Whilst Bordeaux suffered from poor weather, Piedmont and Tuscany produced in the year an abundant crop of long-lived wines that still make good drinking today.
Generally considered to be a poor vintage in Bordeaux due to wet weather. It is unlikely that anything other than the first growths and perfect grand crus will have sttod the test of time.
Vintage wine in our cellar from the year of 1965
Report 1966 vintage wine
The year 1966 produced a mediocre vintage for Italian wines from Piedmont and Tuscany. However quality Italian reds such as Barolo and Brunello are still drinking well today.
It was a very good vintage for Bordeaux. Average quantity. Very brilliant. An intense colour but not excessively so.
Ruby and slightly orange coloured round the edge. Peppery aromas, vanilla, predominantly woody, very fresh, slightly evocative of plant life.
Massive, monolithic wines with tannins backed by very present fixed acidity. Robust, although a certain melting quality is lacking.
Over the past four decades, the tannins have faded to make the wines more drinkable. The best quality wines such as Latour and Palmer are still in their prime even now and will remain so for many years to come. Other Bordeaux wines will remain good to drink.
Vintage wine in our cellar from the year of 1966
Report 1967 vintage wine
The year 1967 was an outstanding vintage in Italy which was probably the best of the decade. Good growing conditions particularly in Tuscany and Piedmont produced rich, full bodied wines that will last for many years to come.
The 1967 vintage is generally considered to be a good, solid vintage in Bordeaux that favoured the vineyards in regions that harvested early such as Pomerol, Graves and St Emilion. The 1967 wines will not improve further with age and are still very drinkable and pleasant.
Vintage wine in our cellar from the year of 1967
Report 1968 vintage wine
This was a good year for Italian heavyweights such as Barolo and Brunello. Whilst Bordeaux suffered from a poor vintage, 1968 marked somewhat of a renaissance for Italian wines particularly those from Tuscany and Piedmont. 1968 was the vintage that Sassicaia was first offered on the open market.
Poor weather throughout the growing and harvest seasons led to a small, low quality, vintage in Bordeaux. Most of the wine produced by in 1968 was consumed within a few years of the vintage and very few drinkable examples exist today.
Vintage wine in our cellar from the year of 1968
Report 1969 vintage wine
1969 was a very good vintage for Italian wines. The weather was good throughout the year enabling the grapes to reach a high degree of ripeness. Of particular note are the heavyweight, long-lived wines such as Barolo and Brunello di Montalcino and lighter wines such as Chianti. The wines are now fully mature and are still drinking well today.
Rain in Bordeaux during the September harvest contributed to what was a small crop of light-weight wines that lacked longevity. Only first growth wines and better grand crus will be drinkable.
Vintage wine in our cellar from the year of 1969