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In Bordeaux everything was going well until the rain came at the end of the season. Some waterlogged grapes produced light wines but the great estates managed to produce very fine wines thanks to a rigorous selection. The Saint Estèphe and Saint Julien appellations (Ducuru Beaucaillou 1973) produce fine wines, but there are other successes elsewhere, such as Pétrus 1973, Latour 1973 or Domaine de Chevalier 1973.
In Burgundy, despite a hot summer that favored the ripening of the grapes, the end of the season was very rainy. The yields were high but the 1973 Burgundy wines were diluted. The whites Burgundy wines did well, being pleasant, supple and racy.
A satisfactory 1973 vintage for Rhône Valley wines. Some wines from Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage or Châteauneuf-du-Pape are particularly successful. Champagne is the big winner of the 1973 vintage. Round, balanced, 1973 is one of the greatest vintages of Champagne.
In Bordeaux the best 1973 Bordeaux wines are the Saint Estèphe, Saint Julien, Pomerol and Graves appellations with Chateau Calon Segur 1973, Chateau Pape Clement 1973 and Chateau Pavie 1973. The sweet wines are supple and elegant like the Château d'Yquem 1973. For 1973 Burgundy vintage wines, as in the Rhone, look for the best producers. White Burgundies can be a good match. Refer to the experts' tasting notes to get an idea. You will find for each wine the notes of the experts (Robert Parker, Michael Broadbent, JM Quarin...) when they tasted the wine in the past.
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