1975 Vintage Red Wine

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When looking for the perfect bottle of 1975 vintage red wine, keep in mind that not every wine producing region had a good wine year.

A Cautionary Word About Vintages

Opinions regarding the best vintages for red wine vary as widely as opinions about good wine and bad wine. Not that opinions and ratings on wine vintages are completely arbitrary because weather is an important factor as to whether or not any particular year is a good wine year. Since weather is, of course, not the same all around the world, not all 1975 vintage red wine is going to be considered outstanding. That being said, below you will find guidelines for red wine from the 1975 vintage year gathered from various sources.

About the 1975 Vintage

The 1975 vintage year was widely touted as the best vintage since 1961. The weather was supposedly perfect and vintners around the world could do no wrong. This was true for many wine-making regions around the globe, but not all. Wondering which appellations and wine-making regions saw the best years? France was, by far, the big winner in 1975, with the exception of a few regions. Here are the others:

The Outstanding

  • Pomerol, France
  • Bartsac/Sauternes, France
  • Champagne/France
  • Rhein, Germany
  • Mosel/Saar/Ruwer, Germany
  • Bordeaux, France

The Excellent

A few regions and appellations while not considered "extraordinary" but still considered excellent and above average, deserve an honorable mention.

  • St. Julien, France
  • Paullic, France
  • St.Estephe, France
  • Graves
  • St. Emilion
  • Alsace
  • Tuscany
  • Rioja
  • California

The Mediocre to Poor

Here is a short list of the wine producing regions that should be avoided when searching for a bottle of vintage 1975 red wine:

  • Cote de Beaune - Burgundy, France
  • Cote de Nuits - Burgundy, France
  • Chateauneuf du Pape - Southern Rhone, France
  • Piedmont - Italy

The Wine List

So, now that you have a little knowledge under your belt about the good and bad of the 1975 vintage, here is list of recommended red wines from that year, separated by grape varietal.

Bordeaux

  • Chateau La Mission Haut Brion
  • Pessac-Leognan, France
    • Red Bordeaux blend
    • Rated 100 points by Robert Parker and 90 by Wine Spectator
    • Caution: $1,600 a bottle
  • Chateau Petrus
    • Pomerol, France
    • Red Bordeaux blend
    • Rated 98 points by Robert Parker and 93 by Wine Spectator
    • Caution: $2,000 a bottle
  • Chateau Lynch Bages
    • Pauillac, France
    • Red Bordeaux blend
    • Rated 90 points by Wine Spectator
    • $150 per bottle
  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel
    • St. Estephe, France
    • Red Bordeaux blend
    • Rated 88 points by Wine Spectator
    • $200 per bottle
  • Chateau Figeac
    • Saint Emilion, France
    • Rated 87 points by Robert Parker
    • Red Bordeaux blend

    Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
    • Napa Valley, California
    • Rated 88 points by Robert Parker and 89 by Wine Spectator
    • $100 per bottle
  • Torres Penedes Gran Corona Mas La Plana Black Label
  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve
    • Napa Valley, California
    • Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Rated 85 points by Robert Parker and 83 by Wine Spectator
    • $125 per bottle
  • Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Martha's Vineyard
    • Napa Valley, Californis
    • Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Rated 90 points by Wine Spectator
    • $35

Is it Worth the Price?

Obviously, 1975 vintage red wines from regions like France and certain wines from the same year from California, are on the expensive side, with some being exorbitantly expensive. You have to ask yourself it is worth the price and if you pay attention to wine ratings, you will soon notice that the higher the rating by Robert Parker and Wine Spectator, the higher the price. Most importantly, many red wines from the 1975 vintage, at this point some 32 years later, are past their prime. Look to The Wine Advocate Vintage Guide to help you determine whether a red wine from 1975 is ready to drink now, past its prime or if it is recommended that the wine be bought and held. Wines that are past what is considered their prime are undrinkable no matter what the price.

1975 Vintage Red Wine