This year was made rather challenging due to rain at the end of the growing season. The wine is fairly concentrated and still enjoyable to drink.

1974 WEATHER CONDITIONS

TEMPERATURES AND RAINFALL

Temperatures were close to average all year long, except for September, which was cool and wet.  Rainfall was lower than average from April to July, but plentiful from August to October. It was especially wet during the harvest. 

WATER BALANCE

In order to grow well, the vine needs for water stress to set in slowly so the grapes to ripen well and become concentrated. The water deficit was great until the month of August thanks to the dry weather from the start of the growth cycle until September. However, the situation changed due to September rain and the harvest was then ruined by a number of days with heavy rain.

FEATURES OF THE VINTAGE

RIPENING AND YIELDS

Picking started late because of the disturbed weather conditions leading up to the harvest (rain and cool temperatures) that did not allow the grapes to attain optimum ripeness.

  Begin End
1974 harvest dates September, 30th October, 14th
Average harvest dates: 1946-2014 September, 24th October, 8th

 

1974 yield    (hl/ha) Average yield: 1946 to 2014
51.3 33.9

 

Degree of alcohol 12
Total acidity (g H2 S04/L) 3.14
Volatile acidity (g H2 SO4/L) 0.52
pH 3,50
Free SO2 (mg/L) -
Reducing sugar content (g/L) 1.1
IPT (DO280) 58

 

TASTING NOTES

The growing season was very promising to begin with, but heavy showers arrived in September and continued into October, including during the harvest. The crop was large, but quality was not up to that of the following vintages.

The wine has an intense colour and was astonishingly tannic and concentrated in its youth. Today, this Cheval Blanc is very light in both colour and in structure. While not a great year, it is a pleasant old bottle to drink at this time.